Albert Sambi Lokonga
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Albert Sambi Lokonga & RSC Anderlecht
Albert Sambi Lokonga's data profile
Albert Sambi Lokonga's style of play
Anderlecht have cycled through three different coaches this season: Kompany initially, followed by Simon Davies on an interim basis, before Vercauteren returned to the club. Despite that, Lokonga played a relatively similar role for much of the season in a relatively similar shape and system. There were subtle differences between each, but he predominantly played on the right side of Anderlecht’s midfield, with a more defensive partner beside him and a creative player operating between lines ahead.
What immediately catches the eye when watching Lokonga are his fundamental technical skills, which are of a very capable level, particularly when receiving possession. He scans space regularly, checking his shoulders with quick glances to assess the positioning and intent of opponents, and is good at using the information gathered to inform his next decision.
While not excellent, he’s adept at adjusting his body orientation to suit the scenario too; he utilises his scanning – as well as nimble agility and coordinated footwork – to open his shoulders and hips outward, in turn establishing more secure passing channels and creating greater options for his next action.
LOKONGA, THE PassER
LOKONGA, THE DRIBBLER
LOKONGA, THE DEFENDER
the future of albert sambi lokonga
Disclaimer: This analysis was published in June 2020. Since then, plenty has changed. Lokonga has been named club captain of Anderlecht, and assumed a deeper role in midfiled which has predicated an impressive improvement in his passing ability. For a more up-to-date analysis of Lokonga, you should buy our latest Handbook and listen to this clip from the Scouted Football Podcast.
Sambi is an athletic, deep-lying midfielder who escapes pressure and progresses possession to a high level, both as a ball-carrier and passer.
Sambi has issues with his defensive awareness and technique, but he has lots of potential too – especially with his high-level mobility. He has the tools to be an effective ball-winner.