2. Ball carrying ability
Partially linked to the first reason, Smith Rowe’s ability to skip past players with the ball at his feet and drive the team into the opposition’s defensive third would be a huge asset to the side.
In a central position, not only would that allow him to take the ball into dangerous areas from which he can create opportunities for teammates, but also create spaces for other players to exploit – which may increase the overall creativity and goalscoring output of the team as a whole.
Speaking previously on his admiration of Smith Rowe, Sky Sports Pundit Jamie Carragher said:
"“I love this lad, I always want him to do well. And to watch him with full flow with the ball at his feet. He’s the best player in the Premier League running with the ball.”"
Against a team deploying a low block, his ability to drive with the ball, drag players out of position and create confusion in central areas could be exactly what our attackers need for them to find the same goalscoring form they displayed last term.
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