Date of Birth: 02.05.1993 (24 years old)
Position: Central Midfielder
Team: Newell’s Old Boys (For Rent)
Value: 1.500.000 €
Contract Until: 31.12.2018
Height: 1.78 m
Facundo Tomas Quignon was born in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, in 1993. He began his career at River Plate which is one of the most significant clubs of the country and he experienced the championship of U-20 Copa Libertadores with the squad including Matias Kranevitter, Juan Cazeres and Augusto Solari… After this big achievement being so important for his career, he took a place in the first team squad but transferred to San Lorenzo, another important club of Argentina, because of the lack of minutes in the first team. Here, he found a chance to play in 4 matches at the end of the season and scored 1 goal. Although he couldn’t play so much, he was a part of the team which won Copa Libertadores which is the most prestigious cup of the South America. He played in 13 matches and had 1 assist in 14/15 and 15/16 seasons in which he was a rotation player of the squad. Facundo Quignon who could not get the time he expected was loaned by Newell’s Old Boys. He started to make a name with his performance at Newell’s. He was one of the key players with his impressive play in the midfield and 3 assists in 18 matches for his team following Boca Juniors from 4 points behind.
The young player who wore Argentina shirt in 2009 U-17 World Cup in Nigeria played in 1 match in the tournament and made an assist. Limited midfielder rotation of Argentina and the fact that the players at this position have lower profiles than the other players playing at other positions are big advantages for Facundo Quignon. If he improved his game and maintained the impressive performance by gaining experience, he would turn into a player who would be a remedy for Argentina national team.
He often plays as one of the 2 defensive midfielders, generally in 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 formations. He also can play as single defensive midfielder or in number 8 position which he can use his creativity in the midfield systems having 3 midfielders. If a strong player who has defensive quality, plays behind of him in the system having 3 midfielder, a better level of performance can be expected from him.
Strengths (Technique, Play-Making, Pass Quality, Stealing, Dribbling, Vision)
Facundo Quignon is a player who each team wants to have with his high technique capacity and style allowing him to play both sides of the play. He can use his left foot very effectively and is the most important player in playmaking procedure of the team. He relieves his teammates by going spaces in order to get the ball. He approaches central defenders, gets the first ball and has an important role in getting mature of the Newell’s’ attacks. He makes a difference by his off the ball tempo, vision and his quick game including also quick thinking… He does not lose time after stealing the ball from the rivals and contributes to the attacks with his quick passes. He also increases the team play. His long passes are so accurate by his high vision and he can use his weak foot sufficiently. He can stay calm in narrow areas by his high technique and he can get freekicks with this attribute.
He is often stopped by fouls by his good acceleration and dribbling skills. When he gets the ball, he either dribbles or tries successful vertical passes. When we compare him with the central midfielders, he is at 5. rank in Argentina Premier Division and at 3. rank in Turkish Super League with 70% success rate in 4 dribbling attempts per match. He has %88 pass accuracy rate and because he generally tries to play to forward, this accuracy rate becomes more and more significant. It can be said that Facundo Quignon having 1 key pass per match can increase this number when he has a defensive midfielder behind of him.
In addition to all these offensive skills, his stealing talent and challenging style are the most important points showing that what a special player he is. He does not lose challenges easily and adds toughness to midfield of the team. Especially his sliding tackles are attractive. He steals 4.2 balls and wins 1.8 challenges per match. We observe that he has the best rate when we compare with the players in Turkish Super League.
Weaknesses (Experience, Marking, Scoring, Shooting)
Although he has a mature play style, number of matches he played at professional level is so low and he plays regular first team football for the first time. This is an important risk parameter for the clubs that would think to buy him. Undoubtedly, he will cover this weakness in time. It is possible to take this risk when his age and big potential are taken into account. Zone and man marking are the biggest defensive weakness of him. He is not a player who drops from the game but he may forget the zone and men that he marks… We can link this situation with lack of experience. Scoring contribution is not bad relatively the number of matches he played but if he increases key passes and runs to the rival penalty box, it will help his game to improve. Despite his high technical capacity, his shooting technique is not fitted well yet and it is one of the reasons underlying his low scoring contribution. He has 0.7 shoot attempt per match and these are generally unimpressive. He will be a bigger threat for the rivals and his score chance will increase if he can manage to improve himself in shooting.
Similar Players (Granit Xhaka, Emre Belözoğlu)
For now he is far from the level of Granit Xhaka and Emre Belözoğlu, it can be said that he is similar to Granit Xhaka in terms of pass quality, technical capacity and vision. We can also take him for Emre Belözoğlu from Turkish Super League with his play style, role in the team and playmaking from the back.