Matt has done some more players profiles. Here is the first looking at Álvaro Giménez.
After the transfer window closed, Blues were unable to recruit any further reinforcements in the forward areas, which could affect their odds on the Championship betting with Paddy Power site.
This makes it all the more important that Spanish forward Álvaro Giménez, purchased from Almería for £1.4m, is a success. Giménez was the top scorer in the Spanish second tier last season with 20 goals, however 6 of these were penalties. Based on non-penalty goals, Giménez still led the league with 14, but there were 4 players who bettered his rate of 0.38 non-penalty goals per 90 minutes.
Giménez is not a high volume shooter, only averaging 1.61 shots per 90 minutes, but the quality of these shots, most of which were from central areas within the penalty area, means Giménez was able to put up 0.43 expected goals per 90.
Giménez’s movement in and around the box is his stand-out strength; he combines this with great anticipation to pounce on rebounds and loose balls, with a lot of his goals coming from these scenarios. His predatory instinct in the penalty box and uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time is demonstrated by the fact that only one of his goals came from outside the box. It is questionable whether this is a sustainable skill of Giménez’s or just a bit of luck, especially when considering he had never been a prolific goalscorer before last season.
Giménez also poses an aerial threat, he has scored multiple headers from open play and set pieces. While he is not particularly tall, standing at just 6 foot, Giménez’s aerial prowess is due to the combination of his clever movement to find space and perfectly timed runs that allow him to get to crosses before defenders have the chance to intervene.
Giménez has shown the ability to make runs in behind the defence, but does not possess blistering pace and is again reliant on clever movement and the timing of his runs to escape defenders.
In the images below, Giménez is positioned between the opposition centre backs while his strike partner drops off to offer a passing option to the midfielder on the ball (1).
One of the centre backs pushes forward to pick up the other striker, vacating space for Giménez to run into (2).
Giménez darts into this space and the midfielder finds him with a pass that Giménez does well to control (3).
He then goes on to toe-poke past the keeper under pressure from the defender (4).
Giménez is not particularly active defensively, and this is despite playing on an Almería side who were very intent on pressing the opposition, leading the league in numerous pressing metrics.
So it is fair to say Blues fans should not expect to see Giménez harrying opposition defenders at every opportunity, and this responsibility will fall to Lukas Jutkiewicz again. This is not a huge concern given Che Adams was similar in his lack of defensive work rate.
This transfer seems to be a reasonable decision from Blues in isolation given the low transfer fee and goalscoring record of Giménez last season. However it is concerning that he was the only striker added to replace the departures of Che Adams and Isaac Vassell, meaning it is vital that Giménez is able to replicate the goalscoring output of Adams, and leaves Blues with a severe lack of pace throughout the squad.
As Giménez is 28 years old, it is also not in keeping with the recent recruitment strategy of adding young players who can develop and potentially attract larger transfer offers in the future so Blues can turn a profit. To conclude, there are concerns about Giménez’s ability to replicate his performances of last season and it would’ve been preferable for Blues to bring in a younger player with re-sale value, but at such a low cost this will not be a deal that will hurt Blues financially even if it does not pan out.