CHELSEA’s newest arrival Noni Madueke is “a mentality monster” who performs like Arjen Robben.
That’s the verdict of private abilities coach Saul Isaksson-Hurst, who labored with Madueke over the past two summers to hone the attacking abilities that persuaded the Blues to pay PSV Eindhoven £35million for the England Underneath-21 worldwide.
Isaksson-Hurst, whose different skilled purchasers embrace Brentford’s Rico Henry and Ligue 1 membership Reims’ on-loan Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun, mentioned: “Noni is without doubt one of the finest younger forwards in Europe.
“I’ve labored with lots of prime gamers however his depth, mentality and need to be the very best is second to none.
“I call him a mentality monster — he’s really driven and has very clear goals and ambitions.”
Madueke’s willingness to do the whole lot he can to turn into a greater participant led to his agent contacting Isaksson-Hurst in the summertime of 2021.
“He went again to PSV and exploded on to the scene and was linked with lots of golf equipment.
“We carried on talking, and then last summer, he actually flew me out to Marbella to do some intense training while he was on holiday.”
Isaksson-Hurst has additionally labored with younger Juventus winger Samuel Iling-Junior, Chelsea wideman Omari Hutchinson and Norwich defender Max Aarons.
He mentioned: “A participant involves me and I take a look at their place and the place they play on the pitch. Then I take a look at what the game-changing moments are for that participant and develop practices the place we are able to develop and grasp the talents required.
“Noni’s super-strength is chopping in from the proper and dealing along with his left foot, a bit like Arjen Robben.
“We labored on lots of variations of that, but in addition on how he might minimize in utilizing his proper foot.
“For a forward player, it’s about assists and goals, what is going to help him break lines and give end product.”
You may count on huge golf equipment like PSV to do such superb tuning themselves, however Isaksson-Hurst, 45, defined: “Some coaches will do ‘extras’ however the identical thought course of won’t go into it.
“I’ve worked with top players and I know how to design practices to get those game outcomes.”
Isaksson-Hurst works on a consultancy foundation for Arsenal.
As well as, Mikel Arteta’s Gunners, Wolves, Middlesbrough and Birmingham are among the many golf equipment that use his MyPersonalFootballCoach app to complement their in-house teaching.
Madueke, 20, has adopted former PSV team-mate Cody Gakpo, 23, now at Liverpool, to the Premier League within the present switch window.
And Isaksson-Hurst mentioned: “Gakpo is an excellent participant, however for me Noni is true up there and goes to make an instantaneous impression.
“He has everything. He is technically unbelievable. Physically, he’s a specimen — but most important are his mentality and desire to be the best.”