Probing Graham Carr’s scouting targets – Christopher Jullien (AJ Auxerre)
Posted on June 13th, 2013 | 40 Comments |
Well, I hadn’t seen a great deal of the previous subject of my little mini series of players being followed by Graham Carr, EA Guingamp’s Gilbert Imbula Wanga, but I have seen even less of this tall (6’5″) Centre Back from another Ligue 2 side, AJ Auxerre.
I have only seen the compilation below and a few very small bits on the Ligue 2 highlights I picked up on YouTube, plus a very brief glance of him in a film on Carr himself. Hence, I can write even less from personal experience, and am pretty much totally reliant on a few snippets about the player online. In other words, not alot!
As you will see from the highlights video below, at the start at least it looks more like a collection of “bloopers” than “highlights,” with the defender being shown in the worst possible light. In many of the better bits, he is mostly at the other end of the pitch using his height as a target man heading crosses at goal. The player can’t really be assessed to any degree from that though.
Anyway, according to this site called “Football Talent Scout,” he is right footed and similar to Bayern Munich’s big Belgian, Daniel Van Buyten, though whether that’s just because Van Buyten’s another big lump at around 6’6″ I do not know exactly. It also says that Jullien’s strengths are his marking, tackling, positioning, body balance (which can be hard for someone so far up in the clouds – wt), aerial duels (which he should be! – wt), and finally, composure.
It also says that he is “best suited as a Centre Back in a 4-4-2” and the following:
“This player has great physical attributes. He is a graduate of the famous Auxerre youth academy, which produced players like Phillipe Mexes, Djibril Cisse or Eric Cantona. Christopher is currently a key element of the Ligue 2 outfit Auxerre and is a regular of the France U-20 team. If he keeps up his development at the current rate, he should soon join a leading Ligue 1 side.”