Koln’s exhilarating 4-3 victory over Werder Bremen offered another fine illustration of what a multifaceted forward Anthony Modeste undoubtedly is.

Combining power, finesse and intelligence, the Frenchman was a persistent thorn in Alexander Nouri’s side, in a game where his instinctive double notably saw him notch his 24th and 25th Bundesliga goals of the season.

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Modeste Positioning
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To start with, Modeste’s hold up play when dropping deep was crucial in his side, not only being able to manipulate Bremen’s defensive structure, but also in aiding his team retain possession. Using his colossal size and strength, he then adeptly held onto the ball while he waited for an ideal option to present itself. In addition, if needed, he also had the speed of thought and requisite technical qualities to supply slick one touch lay offs.

In such situations, the way his fellow attackers would occupy advanced areas in and around the 10 spaces ensured he had many options to utilise and that the Bremen defence regularly faced difficult decisions on who to mark.

Using the Wyscout Playlist and Draw App, Modeste’s and Koln’s targeting of said locations can be documented.

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Modeste and teammates in advanced attacking areas
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His relationship with Koln’s diminutive attacking midfielder, Leonardo Bittencourt, was a vital element in the final third too, with the pair evidencing their complimentary understanding to unlock the River Islanders on many occasions. Operating on the same wavelength as each other saw Bittencourt able to predict Modeste’s runs and slide in many through balls into the path of his striker, who unfortunately didn’t make the most of these opportunities.

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Modeste and Bittencourt Link
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Aerial duels tactic
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To round out his classy showing, his lethal finishing and lighting fast reactions enabled him to reward himself with a well taken brace, which sees him now trail Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the goalscoring charts by just three. Furthermore, the fact he won a significant nine headers, had six shots, five of which were on target, and coalesced with Bittencourt on seven occasions in the final third aptly depicts his impact.

While it’s unlikely he’ll catch the men above him, Modeste’s immense contribution towards his team’s superb campaign, who currently sit sixth in the table, should be enough to propel Koln into a Europa League qualification spot for next season.

And that’d be the perfect way to cap off the domineering 29-year-old’s sensational season.

Edward Stratmann

Freelance football writer and blogger he writes regularly about the on-field aspects of the game, with a particular focus on tactics and analysis. In addition to featuring on several football websites, including AS Roma’s and Everton’s Official Websites, find his work at Licence to Roam, a football blog he co-founded in 2013.