Connect with us

Scout Report

Jean-Paul Boetius: Scout Report

Boetius in action for Feyernoord

Boetius in action for Feyernoord

Profile

Jean-Paul Boetius born on 22 March, 1994, is a young left winger, who currently plays for Feyenoord. The 18-year-old came through the ranks of the Feyenoord Academy and is a distant cousin of Fulham midfielder Urby Emanuelson.

Soccer Wiki Profile

Boetius’ breakthrough occurred this season, to the surprise of most Feyenoord supporters. On 28 October, 2012, the side had to play against rivals Ajax,and due to an injury to Ruben Schaken, coach Koeman decided to line-up young Boetius. He stole the heart of many supporters after scoring the equalizing goal in the 23rd minute.

After his debut, Boetius worked his way up to becoming a first-team regular, notching up 16 league appearances so far, and scoring four goals in the process.  The young winger has underlined his talent with a star performance against N.E.C Nijmegen. The game resulted in a 0-3 victory for Feyenoord, and a brace by Boetius sealed the deal. Jean-Paul Boetius featured in our list of 100 Best Young Players to Watch-out for in 2014. He was at #8 in our list of forwards / wingers. See the entire list here.

His excellent performances did not go unnoticed by Louis van Gaal, the current Netherlands coach.  On March 6, 2013, the young starlet received a call-up to appear in the pre-selection of the squad, for the matches against Estonia and Romania. He would not make it, as Van Gaal dropped Boetius, when he announced the definite squad.

His debut for the Dutch national team still has yet to happen, but it is a matter of time, before the teenager will appear for the Netherlands. Former Dutch football legends are very optimistic about the youngster, as he has received very generous praises from several already.

Bert van Marwijk: “ I think Boetius is the best winger in the Eredivisie.”

His current coach: Ronald Koeman is also full of praise of his young pupil, stating, “ Boetius can become a very big player.” “ He has an advantage over other young talents, due to the fact that he reads the game better than his peers.”

Style, Strengths and Weaknesses

Several right-backs in the Eredivisie have already witnessed and experienced the skill of Jean-Paul Boëtius. His open-minded and playful attacking style is very hard to defend against. He combines these assets with raw pace and technique, which allows his to skip past opponents easily.

He is able to trick his direct opponents and therefore his style of play is troublesome for every right back in the Eredivisie. That is, if you decide to mark him closely, Boëtius can skip past you, using his sheer pace and outrun you easily. While in contrast zonal marking, would be an alternative, however his technique, creativity and playfulness allows him to outsmart opponents and set himself up for a cross.

In comparison to other young talents on his position, Boëtius posses a trait that more experienced players have mastered.  Whilst most young talented wingers are known to have some tricks up their sleeves, it is the ability to read a game most youngsters are lacking. This particular ability is very important in football nowadays, and can decide whether a talent grows into a mature player or fails to flourish.  Aspects as: positioning, off the ball movement and knowing when to pass the ball or to hold on to it.  These factors are rare and not found in young talents, but as they mature and gain experience, these factors tend to grow. However in Boëtius’ case it is considered second nature. The youngster has adopted these features remarkably fast.

Additionally, the young winger does not lose his cool, when he finds himself in a fruitful position. The four goals that he scored were well-composed finishes that most strikers would be jealous of.  One of which was a hard shot in the left corner against N.E.C proving that he is able to shoot from distance as well.

Although possessing such a wide range of skills and capabilities, there are some weaknesses or rather points that could use some refinement. One of which is that his end-pass lacks accuracy.  With the help of his formerly explained skills, Boëtius sets himself up for a cross multiple times each game.  However a high percentage of these crosses, do not produce any danger, whereas in potential it could lead to some great scoring chances. This goes hand-in-hand with a mental capability of decisiveness in the moment supreme. The final pass is often not a miss-hit but a wrong decision.  Instead of giving a high cross, the teenager would resort to a low hard cross, and vice-versa.

Moreover, due to his age and tender body, he tends to get knocked off the ball quite easily. His fragility has resulted in awkward losses of possession.  It would improve his game tremendously, if the youngster would gain some strength and muscle. This way it would be harder to rob the ball from him, and he would be more of an imposing threat to bigger defenders as well.

Last thing to mention is his off the pitch mentality, he knows he is blessed with great talent and he remains very humble and sober. He has a mental button, which he can switch, that allows him to play without any pressure. His debut underlines this fact, scoring against Ajax on his first appearance, in Eredivisie history only one player has achieved such a feat.

Transfer Situation

To be honest there are no concrete transfer rumours yet for the young Jean-Paul Boëtius.  On 29 November 2012 the youngster has signed a new deal which will extend his current contract with Feyenoord by 2 years. The contract now is set to expire at the end of the summer of 2016.

It is hard to imagine that there the big clubs are not watching his steady development and star performances for Feyenoord. The Eredivisie is known as a pond filled with exciting young talent, and Boëtius is one of the biggest prodigies, that swim in this pond.

Undoubtedly, the Feyenoord winger is being followed and tracked by several big clubs, and it is a matter of time before these clubs will resort to action.  Boëtius is definitely a name to remember, as I firmly believe that Feyenoord has produced a future Football star.

This article is a Guest Post by Siew-Jones Lee. He runs his own football website dedicated completely to Dutch Football (www.dutchfootball-league.com). You can also follow him on twitter @DutchftLeague.

Click here to view all our Scout Reports

100 to Watch

Latest

Talent Radar10 months ago

2018-19 U-22 Young Players’ Team of the Week #6: Luka Jovic, Anthony Martial and Reiss Nelson feature

A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled...

Talent Radar11 months ago

Talent Radar: A-League’s 10 Young Players to Watch in 2018-19

Brian Bertie writes about the 10 young players to watch in this season’s A-League. Australia have made rapid strides forward...

Interviews11 months ago

Interview: Abneet Bharti on Indian footballers abroad

SU Sintrense defender, Abneet Bharti, the only Indian footballer to be plying his trade in Europe, talks to Kaustubh Pandey...

Talent Radar11 months ago

2018-19 U-22 Young Players’ Team of the Week #5: Matthias De Ligt & James Maddison feature

A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled...

Opinions11 months ago

Borja Fernandez: The underappreciated genius of ISL’s infancy

On the eve of the latest edition of the ISL, Arinjay Ghosh pays a tribute to Borja Fernandez, an ISL...

Opinions11 months ago

Tactical Philosophy: Domenico Tedesco

While this website has made its name focusing on the lesser known youth of this beautiful sport, and combined it...

Tactical Analysis11 months ago

Liverpool 3-2 PSG: Liverpool edge deserved victory against dysfunctional PSG

Siyang Xu writes a detailed tactical analysis about the UEFA Champions League match that ended Liverpool 3-2 PSG. Liverpool faced...

Talent Radar11 months ago

2018-19 U-22 Young Players’ Team of the Week #4: Matthias De Ligt & Ousmane Dembele feature

A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled...

Opinions11 months ago

UEFA Champions League: The 5 hipster sides to follow this season

Gear up with your organic ginger ale and mystical moustache oil, as Richard Pike briefs us about 5 off beat...

Talent Radar12 months ago

2018-19 U-22 Young Players’ Team of the Week #3: Maxi Gomez & Marco Asensio feature

A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled...

Opinions12 months ago

Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea: Tactical Approach & Key Players

Miles Olusina writes about Maurizio Sarri and the approach he is likely to take at Chelsea. Despite a successful 2016/17...

Talent Radar12 months ago

2018-19 U-22 Young Players’ Team of the Week #2: Joe Gomez & Bertrand Traore feature

A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled...

Talent Radar1 year ago

2018-19 U-22 Young Players’ Team of the Week #1: Joe Gomez & Kylian Mbappe feature

A regular feature on our website is the Talent Radar Team of the Week with the best young players compiled...

Opinions1 year ago

Julen Lopetegui at Real Madrid: Tactical Approach & Key Players

Aamer Aslam writes about what we can expect from European Champions Real Madrid after the arrival of Julen Lopetegui On...

Opinions1 year ago

Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli: Tactical Approach & Key Players

Charles Onwuakpa writes about Carlo Ancelotti and the approach he is likely to take on at Napoli. After three intense...

Scout Report1 year ago

Scout Report: Gonçalo Paciência | Eintracht’s exquisite forward

Jose Miguel Saraiva writes a detailed scout report about Eintracht Frankfurt’s striker, Gonçalo Paciência. For those who have been attentively observing...

Talent Radar1 year ago

Talent Radar: Liga MX’s 10 Young Players to Watch in 2018-19

Thomas Harrison writes about the 10 players to watch out for in the Liga MX for this coming season. Mexico...

Talent Radar1 year ago

20 Key Young Players to Watch from 20 La Liga Teams

Tom Canton takes a look at they key young players to watch from each of the 20 La Liga teams....

Scout Report1 year ago

Scout Report: Alphonso Davies | Speedy Canadian winger

Griffin O’Neill writes a detailed scout report about Alphonso Davies, the Vancouver Whitecaps winger. While many still believe that the...

Scout Report1 year ago

Scout Report: Diogo Gonçalves | Benfica’s tricky winger

Jose Miguel Saraiva writes a detailed scout report about Benfica’s tricky winger, Diogo Goncalves Having been deprived of their biggest...

Talent Radar Award History

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this site and receive notifications of new posts by email.

More on Outside of the Boot

Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this