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Profiling Patrik Schick – Sampdoria’s Star In The Making

This summer several Premier League rivals are set to go head-to head for the Czech Republic’s latest talent. 21 year-old Patrik Schick has attracted interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs among others. The striker has impressed for Sampdoria in his debut season scoring 8 goals in 24 appearances despite only starting in 6 of those games.

Schick joined Sampdoria from Sparta Prague last summer for 4M Euro after spending a season on loan at Bohemians 1905. He was one of several promising young additions to join the Genoese club but his signing went under the radar.

During loan spell at Bohemians 1905, the forward made 27 appearances scoring 7 goals.

The Czech international has made a fantastic start to life in Serie A under the tutelage of manager Marco Giampaolo. The manager prefers to play 4-3-1-2 with Fabio Quagliarella and Luis Muriel up front. Due to this Schick has become Sampdoria’s very own super-sub.

Schick prefers to play the centre froward role but often drops deep to take possession and link up with the midfield to build attacks. He is what the Italians call a seconda punta. The Czech international also drifts out wide to the right before cutting in on his preferred left foot attacking the full backs. Given his size and stature he is quite nimble with electric pace and he is a fantastic dribbler. Due to this you could easily mistake the 6″2 forward as a winger.

Marco Giampaolo when asked why Schick comes off the bench so often, joked “I keep him on the bench, otherwise they’ll sell him! I want him here next season.” Unfortunately money talks in modern football and the financial power of the Premier League clubs will be too much of a temptation for both Sampdoria and Schick in the summer.