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NWSL Analitica Oct 29
Many of you saw her name accross many of the Damallsvenskan coverage. So, here's a thread with her number in 2020 and some maps.
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NWSL Analitica Oct 29
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Natalia Kuikka averages 68 passes per game (57 accurate, 83% accuracy). She also averages 0.3 chances created per game, mixed up between games as a defenders and others as a midfielder. She's 6th in the swedish league both in total and accurate passes.
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NWSL Analitica Oct 29
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She makes, on average, 11 recoveries per game (putting her second in the league behind McClernon), 3.1 in the opposition's half, where she's 4th in the league. (Img 1). She wins 63% of her challenges, averaging 10 succesful challenges per game (15th in the league - img 2)
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NWSL Analitica Oct 29
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She also has a 70% efficiency with aerial duels, putting her also in the top 15 of the Damallsvenskan, making her a good tool defensively, but also very dangerous in attack.
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NWSL Analitica Oct 29
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She won 63% of her tackles so far which is pretty impressive for a team that doesn't defend deep and tries to win the ball by intercepting/pressing. She averages 2.3 successful tackles per game. On interceptions she averages 8 per match, putting her 12th in the league.
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NWSL Analitica Oct 29
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What does Kuikka bring to the table? Versatility (she can play left CB, LB, or LM), she's composed, good on the ball (she was the highest passer in the last Finland game), a good reader of the game and a very composed defender. Her next step surely is evolving in attack
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NWSL Analitica Oct 29
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But she could be a key piece in the rotation options (and the tactical versatility for Thorns) next season. A really exciting addition.
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NWSL Analitica Oct 29
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If she can repeat stuff like this...
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NWSL Analitica
But she's a more defensive player, so here's a full minute of Natalia Kuikka being tough as nails.
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