Something @JoeRReid said on Twitter made me think that it would be interesting to perhaps first define what traits most of us would see an elite level player as needing or having. And by the way, when I say elite level, I mean being at least on the cusp of national team consideration.
It’s one thing, as the earlier pie chart did, to look at what’s necessary from a development point of view to build a 14 year old into an 18 year old elite player but this looks at things a bit differently. If you look at that 18 year old elite player, what traits do you think, inherent and learned, that player now has. Could you create a blueprint for what traits elite players need to possess?
Here’s my crack at it:
|Intelligence (ie. “football brain”)||13|
|Exceptional technical ability||12|
|Mental toughness (ie. Competitive, focused, determined)||11|
|Quickness over shorter distances||9|
|Speed over longer distances||7|