Tor-Kristian Karlsen has given his frank opinion of Bebe during his match for Portugal’s U-21 against England’s U-21, where, it has to be said, Tom Cleverley was one of England’s best players.

Karlsen is a top Norwegian football consultant where transfers and scouting are concerned, particularly focussed on Dutch football.

In the first half, Bebe played up front, and this apparently didn’t suit him very well.

He gave an “underwhelming first impression” in this half, looking “static” with “very poor off the ball movement and has a heavy touch” and “makes little use of decent physique.” However, it had to be noted that Portugal were poor and Bebe got very little service.

Still, it was reported that “he’s got a decent turn of pace.”

In the second half, Bebe was given a ‘free’ wide right role and this suited him much better.

There was a “very eye catching run where he picked up ball 30m out wide right, outpaced opponent, dummied another, which followed with an effort straight at goalkeeper with left foot.” In this half he showed “excellent pace, body strength and coordination in flashes”. Apparently his “raw talent is unquestionable but he has a poor tactical understanding.”

Bebe might be most useful to us “as an impact sub”. He can “undoubtedly cause some damage when his legs are fresh and the game opens up.”

In conclusion, he is “far off full fitness yet and needs a lot of coaching. He must up his football-IQ to become a Premier League hit. If only he’d been 17 or 18…”

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Tor-Kristian Karlsen’s assessment of Mame Biram Diouf




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