Gervinho has played a pivotal role in Côte d’Ivoire qualification scoring 2 goals in the process however his absence would be welcomed by Arsenal fans of whom he’d had to endure recent pressure from. So how good or bad is the Ivorian? We ask, Gervinho: Useless or Useful?
If Marmite every wanted to revitalise its brand it should consider running a campaign fronted by Gervinho. The adverts’ theme could be centred on his hairstyle, where in one half of the world his braids are ridiculed, caricatures made of it with his confidence consequently suffering. On the other side of the globe however he is lauded for his sense of individuality, a pioneer which many want to emulate. BANG – Marmite will be back in business quicker than you can say Yao.
The Arsenal and Côte d’Ivoire international divides opinion between supporters of both his club and country, and even those opinions are further divided.
Back home he is perceived as one of the nation’s successful, exported sons. Plying his trade at the highest level and although he’s no Didier Drogba, he is still a good footballer. Some argue that he typifies the current Ivorian international, who struggles to recreate his club form for the national side, contributing to the lack of success achieved by The Elephants in recent years.
Arsenal fans would dispute that notion and argue that it is in fact recreating his club form which hinders the national side.
Aspiring African footballers see Gervinho’s success and believe if he can do it so can they. Either due to the fact that they are inspired by his story or believe they possess more talent than him and therefore must make it.
Other supporters believe that with a few tweaks to his game he could transform into a deadly winger. Others claim he is useless.
And the opinions go on.
So how good or bad is Gervinho?
In between the two extremes a realistic can be found.
Gervinho can bring his team’s play to halt via a poor touch, dwell on the ball for too long, attempt to break through four defenders and squander possession.
In another play he can inflict a change of pace on defender, evade challenges, take the ball to edge of the box and lay a cross of for his teammate which only requires a tap into the net.
What he lacks is consistency, but at the age of 24 seemingly he has time to improve right or have we seen the best of the Ivorian?
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