Alejo Veliz is an extraordinary number 9. The Argentinian’s well runs deep with unbridled composure and artful guile. His preliminary stats at the academy level would make him comparable to the likes of Aguero and Alvarez, stats that would deem him a giant amongst his peers, and a revelation to those charged with grooming a generational talent.
His unorthodox attacking style, coupled with his knack for improvised movements in and around the penalty area has moulded him into a remarkable finisher. With a few necessary improvements in his overall decision-making, he’ll quickly move up the ranks within the Spurs regime.
Veliz is adept at effectively manning the forward line as Kane once did, and as Richarlison continues to do. He’ll be expected to quickly adapt to the conditions here at N17, being that it is quite similar to the tactical setup in Rosario, a fluid 4-2-3-1 system.
Alejo’s most notable attribute is certainly what you’d expect from a centre-forward. He is a naturally bred goalscorer.
Whilst dealing with a chronic muscle injury that hampered the majority of his previous campaign, he still managed to score 11 goals in as many appearances. A season that is still considered his worst in many aspects.
He is sharp and dynamic without the ball, craftily ghosting about the blind side of defenders — ensuring he proudly boasts his intuitive grasp of where to be in relation to the opponent’s net.
Despite having scored an impressive 11 goals last season, he could have easily had 15 or 16 goals. The paradox of possessing such marquee abilities implies the need for proper decision-making to ultimately prove one’s self. An area for Veliz that surely needs some refining.
The Argentinian is a fairly tall player, standing at 186 cm. His stature makes him the ideal target man when Spurs need an outlet to relieve pressure. He protects the ball reasonably well and is capable of turning on the dime despite his lanky exterior — effectively creating additional attacking options for his teammates. A skillset perfected by the one Harry Kane.
Alejo Veliz is a superb centre-forward with massive potential. Irrespective of this beaming potential, he is still not yet at the level to consistently perform in the Premier League. Nevertheless, our shortcomings and gaps in attack will need to be filled for the greater good of the squad.
He at some point will need to pull his weight when called upon, luckily, he’s in the right place to make rapid progress, limit his deficiencies, and become an even better striker.