Joel Campbell shows need for improvement against Premier League stars

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Arsenal player Joel Campbell came up against a number of Premier League-based stars on Tuesday, so how did he do?

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell looks set to return to the Emirates Stadium next season, so following impressive performances against Uruguay and Italy, how did the Costa Rica star do when he came up against some of the men he should soon be facing in the Premier League?

Campbell showed in his country's opening game that he can score on the biggest occasion, but until Tuesday afternoon he had not faced any player from the Premier League.  Against England that changed, and as you can see below, he had something of a mixed game.

The 21-year-old had just one scoring attempt, which failed to hit the target, while he did not win a single dribbling contest.  However, he did have a reasonable pass-accuracy of 75% while playing an impressive 10 forward passes.

Also, perhaps most importantly considering he was facing a number of players he will compete against next season, he was not dispossessed on a single occasion.

Given Arsenal's possession football and the need for the front-men to keep the ball, that bodes well if he is to seize the chance that will reportedly be given to him at the Gunners.

  Total Scoring AttOn-target Scoring AttPass AccuracyWon ContestFwd PassDispossessed
Joel Campbell 1 0 75% 0 10 0

Given his age, it is admirable that he has performed so confidently at the World Cup so far. But there are areas of his game that he must work on as he looks to compete with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott next season and beyond.

But if he can replicate his goal-scoring form for loan club Olympiacos, it will be a huge step in the right direction.

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