In modern football, where formations and positions tend to disappear more and more and where the teams take on different tactical structures within the same match depending on the game play situations, multi-purpose players are increasingly in demand.
Knowing how to do different things and in different areas of the pitch has become fundamental if you don’t want to miss the boat in terms of tactical game play evolution.
Of the young Italian forwards, perhaps the one closest to truly becoming a multi-purpose player, is Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca.
Scamacca is a centre striker with an imposing build (195 centimetres tall and 85 kilos) with super fine technique and a creative disposition worthy of a kaleidoscope.
The range of things he knows how to do is extremely wide. He can move in the centre to work with the midfielders, spread out wide and attempt dribbling in one-on-one encounters, arrive at the three-quarter mark to look for the shot from a distance or to send to a teammate, not to mention his physical strength in aerial duels.
For example, when he comes off the opposing team’s defensive line to play in the midfield, he often draws the opposing centre defender with him, creating space for his teammate to exploit.