5 Skills That Defenders Can Learn From Laurent Koscielny
After leading France to the finals of Euro 2016, and leading one of the most stingiest defenses in the Barclay's Premier League the past few seasons, there can be no questioning that Laurent Koscielny is one of the finest defenders playing the game.
Here are 5 skills the defenders can learn from Laurent Koscielny.
1. Great Technical Ability
Few defenders playing the game have developed the same technicality as Koscielny, under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger, the French defender has become one of the cleanest center-backs in the game. His quality first-touch, ability to keep possession and connect passes, and fantastic vision and game intelligence set him apart from his peers.
2. Superb Reader of The Game
Koscielny's ability to read the game, sniff out danger, and make vital interceptions is truly something special to behold. As a central defender, there aren't many in the game that anticipate and decipher their opponents as well as the former FC Lorient man.
3. Uncompromising Grit
Vim and vigor course through Koscielny's veins, he is an old school central defender with new school technical ability, he is uncompromising in the tackle and unflinching in the air. A warrior's heart beats in the chest of the Arsenal Captain, and his commitment is infectious.
4. Endless Determination
Coupled with Koscielny's hard-man attitude is a never say die persona, a willingness to keep working and pushing, to make critical blocks and tackles, to win the ball when it seems impossible, to defend the goal at all costs and keep the sheets clean.
5. Goal Scoring Ability
When you look at Laurent Koscielny's skill set, good technically, reads the game well, strong in the tackle, determined to keep his opponents at bay, it's hard to argue that he is the complete defender.
He also, however, has knack for scoring vital goals, with his head, or from brilliant volleys and overhead kicks, take a look at his most recent goal last weekend in the BPL: