Alvaro Negredo has grabbed 142 goals in 330 appearances during his time in La Liga and the Premier League. This includes the 70 appearances with Almeria where he made his name, the 139 with Sevilla, 32 for City, 55 at Valencia and 13 for Boro.
He is a thoroughbred forward, traditional in many aspects but with a penchant for bringing flair into his game. One moment he can be bulldozing his way through a defence, then in another look to connect with a floated cross via a bicycle kick.
Negredo’s frame is one of power and muscle, and bases much of his game around these features. He’s prepared to rough it in the harshest of times, willing to backtrack and tumble through defensive blocks. It’s not pretty but as his goal scoring record suggests, it can often be very effective.
His style is suited to both a counter attacking game due to his awareness in making runs into the penalty box, but also when his side are in possession.
Negredo can play with his back to goal, edging into centre-backs and looking to spin past them through either a ball in behind or to feet.
With Almeria he was mainly a counter-attack focused striker, but with Sevilla he developed his game into a more-rounded one.
Games can be slow, and build-up patient, He’s a hard worker, willing to dig in and harass opponents who are in possession of the ball to force errors. Despite not being lightning quick, Negredo makes up for it in his body movement. With his physical make-up being so stocky and aggressive, he can edge himself ahead that extra yard or bully a defender off the ball.
Negredo’s a bull in attack, looking to charge down anyone in his way and rip off doors, all to get where he wants to be. The issue with the player is though, his style can sometimes be too direct and lacking intelligence.
There’s no doubting Negredo takes up excellent positions, makes the right movements, and knows where the goal is. What’s missing however is subtlety and intelligence in front of goal, and despite his scoring record a hidden feature of his game is the amount of missed big chances he encounters.
Consistency too has been hard to come by, and one of the most glaring things about Negredo’s game is the change in appearances of the player.
One week he can look like he’s up there with the elite predators in front of goal, bully a defence and bag a brace. Then the next few weeks he’ll go through a drought, and stumble through games clumsily and cautiously with no first touch or control in his play, when it comes to reaching that next level there is a sense of unknown.
Maybe the move back to a league with a different style will suit Negredo’s game and iron out the flaws that exist.