Reported Tottenham and Everton target Jeremie Boga is capable of doing ‘sensational things’ but must stop ‘disappearing’ in games if he is to fulfil his potential, Sassuolo coach Roberto di Zerbi has said in a video published by Corriere dello Sport.
A former Chelsea youngster might he convinced that he can one day emulate a certain Eden Hazard but, if he is to call the Real Madrid superstar his equal, he must turn that raw talent into match-winning consistency.
Boga scored twice during Sassuolo’s 3-3 draw with Hellas Verona this weekend, providing a timely reminder of his brilliance after he was subbed off against both Atalanta and Inter Milan.
And if the Ivory Coast international is to seal a big-money return to the Premier League this summer, he will be under pressure to prove that he can perform on a weekly basis.
“Jeremie Boga has scored ten goals (this season). In certain games, he does sensational things to deserve an 8/10 rating for his performance. In other games, he literally disappears,” Di Zerbi says.
“He must find continuity and intensity, without performing intermittently. He must do it if he wants to grow.”
Of course, it took a young Hazard some time to become the perpetual genius he is today and Boga, at just 23, has plenty of time on his hands.
Patient, father-figure tacticians like Carlo Ancelotti and Graham Potter could be the perfect mentor for a player sold by Chelsea last summer, with Goal suggesting that the £13 million forward could end up at Everton or Brighton and Hove Albion.
Though it’s fair to say Jose Mourinho is not exactly famed for his willingness to accept inconsistency.
And, amid claims from Calciomercato that Tottenham could be Boga’s destination, he will surely know that he can’t afford to ‘disappear’ under a coach who came to blows with Hazard for exactly that reason.