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Pro Sports Blog of Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Source: Joseph Ayinga-Walter

who is Salis Abdul Samed? The latest Black stars player to debut at world cup Qatar 2022.

🇬🇭Salis Abdul Semed (22)
🏟RC Lens

Salis Abdul Samed is a Ghanaian footballer who plays his club football for French league-1 side RC lens. He first went through the ranks at Clermont-foot in the second-tier of French football before gaining promotion to play top tier football in France, making his senior debut in 2019 and a combined 12 League appearances from 2019 to 2021.

Salis then burst onto the scene in 2021-22 season making 31 appearances. Clermont-foot had just been promoted, so it was risky putting in such an inexperienced midfielder but boy did deliver, operating as an "unsung hero" in the heart of their midfield, helping Clermont survive relegation.

His incredible performances earned him a move to RC Lens this summer.

When watching Salis, it’s so clear how gifted he is at finding passes. He works as the D-Link for the team, keeping the ball moving and opposition thinking.
With 71.5 touches per game, 93% pass accuracy, Samed rarely loses possession.

Not only does Salis passing attributes stand out, he’s aggressive and extremely durable in his defensive duties. At Clermont-foot he averaged 1.4 tackles and interceptions per game and as it stands at RC Lens he’s averaging 1.2 interceptions but his tackle rate has increased at 1.7 PG

Salis is the type of player every successful team needs, he's quiet but extremely effective. Does all the work & contributions that often go unnoticed. He has the skillset well suited for a CDM.

It’s clear the Ghanaian understands the role and doesn’t mind being the ‘Unnoticed’ guy.

Salis is more than confident and comfortable enough to receive the ball in all areas of the pitch, using his low-centre of gravity and body well to shield the ball and ride any opposing challenge. He’ll keep the ball moving for the team, allowing the team to set traps to expose

Opposition. He’s extremely athletic and uses that to his advantage in battle. Has a very high work rate and positionally astute. But it’s his ability on the ball that stands out, he’s breathtakingly solid in possession very rarely allowing turnovers whilst he’s a

Opponents nightmare, having the intelligence and ability to turnover the ball & gain possession for his team.
In terms of ball progressing and defensively, Salis is complete but goes under the radar because he quietly goes about his business.

Salis plays with a smile & is a shy lighthearted character but don’t let that fool you, gracefully aggressive in tackles, he’s intelligent enough to set traps in order to trick the opposition.
Salis likes to press, but he’s humble enough to understand tactics and understand when the right time to press (in numbers) and when to hold shape.
With an exceptional work rate averaging 12 kilometres every 720 minutes, wish is the highest in Ligue1. Key element to RC Lens success this season & without realising a vital element to their pressing

Extremely gifted, intelligent CDM that operates for the team. He has that togetherness attitude

Definitely one of the main reasons why RC Lens have only lost one game all season and that has seen him a place in Ghana's 26 man squad heading to the world cup Qatar 2022.

Source: @AntonioMango4 , Twitter.