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2012 Player Rating And Review - Andre Akpan

Andre Akpan is kind of frustrating. He's got the talent, but is still working on the whole 'production' bit.

Doug Pensinger

Through the month of December, Burgundy Wave will do a short review of every player who received even a paltry sum of minutes in 2012. We start with the goalkeepers and then move our way up to the forwards. Today, we'll cover Andre Akpan.

Name: Andre Akpan
Number: 19
Appearances: 15
Stats: 3 goals

I have always been a fan of Andre Akpan, but he remains a frustrating player to watch. The talent is clearly there for the guy -- he has great footwork, decent strength and ability to hold the ball up, a powerful shot with decent accuracy and enough speed to get past most defenders. Unfortunately, he still lacks confidence and good off-the-ball movement, which has killed him in some game situations. Passes simply don't find him as often as they should since he is so often out of position -- of course, when he is in position, the ball often goes in.

He is slowly improving year by year, but I don't know how much more patience the Rapids are going to have for Akpan if he can't start putting the ball in more often when he's out there. As a fan, I'm hoping to see him eventually become a solid center forward. (To replace Edson Buddle, ideally!) We know he can do it, but will he?

Ah well. Still better than Quincy Amarikwa.




Still seems like he's biting off more than he can chew.