Scouting report - German football expert Raphael Honigstein on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
12 September 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
German football expert and BT Sport regular Raphael Honigstein runs the rule over Borussia Dortmund dangerman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
- Born in Laval, France, Aubameyang joined Milan in 2007
- Loaned to Dijon, Lille, Monaco and St Etienne before signing for St Etienne in 2011
- Scored 41 goals in 97 games for St Etienne, won the French League Cup in 2013
- Joined Borussia Dortmund in 2013
- Has scored 126 goals in 194 games so far for Dortmund
- Won DFB Cup last season, DFL Supercup in 2013 and 2014
- Top scorer in the Bundesliga last season (31 goals)
- Bundesliga Player of the Year, 2015-16
- 23 goals in 55 caps for Gabon
- African Footballer of the Year, 2015
German football expert
"Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was initially seen as a wide man when Robert Lewandowski left for Bayern Munich and Dortmund brought in Ciro Immobile from Torino. Jurgen Klopp didn’t see him as a centre forward and he rarely played in that position. It was only when Thomas Tuchel took over (for the start of 2015-16) that Aubameyang became this unbelievable player.
"Aubameyang played up front a little when Klopp was there but it was Tuchel who put him up front, worked with him on his movement in the final third and he’s since played on a completely different level. He’s become one of the best strikers in Europe, without a doubt.
"He is one of those strikers who likes to play on the shoulder of the last defender, likes to run into space, likes to make diagonal runs. He’s an all-rounder. He’ll score goals with his head or by attacking corners at the near post and he can play. The one thing that isn’t really his game is with his back to the goal.
Below: Aubameyang in action against FC Rielasingen-Arlen in August
"Dortmund have started well in the Bundesliga. They’re top, unbeaten, scored five goals and conceded none. They’ve looked more solid than I expected. They have a new manager in Peter Bosz (joined from Ajax in June) who at Ajax played a very risky high pressing game. Dortmund are not quite as extreme, they have better individual players and play a bit differently and they’ve settled into a 4-3-3 formation - the classic Dutch formation - and it’s brought the best out of a lot of players. They’ve looked good so far.
"Wembley might just stir up a few memories of losing the 2013 Champions League final against Bayern Munich but they are a good side, love space and love to play on the counter-attack. They are not to be underestimated. I believe they can go quite deep in the competition."