Despite England’s U21s being unable to overcome a defiant Swedish outfit, the performance of Tammy Abraham offered plenty of optimism for Aidy Boothroyd’s side looking ahead.
Especially impressive was his clever off the ball movement, however, as he used this effectively to persistently unsettle the Swedish backline.
Using the Wyscout Playlist and Draw App, we can see how intelligently he varied his movement to ensure his opponents couldn’t settle into a pattern off how best to nullify him.
To start off with, the athletic Chelsea owned centre forward would position himself on the shoulder of his marker, but with just enough separation to start his runs in behind and not be impeded by his man. This allowed him to use his blistering pace to be a terrific option for his teammates to utilise, while also stretching the Swedish backline to create space in between the lines.
Moreover, the fact England’s four most advanced attackers would regularly occupy all four members of the Swedish back four meant he could embark on his runs 1v1 without worrying about another defender getting across to cover.