Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Boy's Done Good!: Bolton's Tamir Cohen

Israel have produced wonderful midfielders over the years...Avi Cohen, Ronnie Rosenthal, Eyal Berkovic and Yossi Benayoun. After four matches and three goals for Bolton, you can add Tamir Cohen onto that list.

Tamir Cohen joined Bolton in January 2008 for a mere fee of £37,000 from Maccabi Netanya. He was Gary Megson's first signing to try and add depth to a then thin midfield squad. Since joining Bolton, he has struggled with injury and has played in bits and pieces for Bolton until this season. This season, Cohen has been injury free and is finally showing his potential.

Tamir Cohen scoring against Birmingham - Image from Associated Press

Tamir Cohen has the technical ability to be a complete midfielder. Firstly from an attacking perspective, he is good in the air, has a powerful left foot shot and has the knack of getting into goalscoring positions. Defensively, he tackles and distributes the ball well. He is currently tied as the highest goalscoring midfielder in the Premiership, keeping company with Steven Gerrard and Michael Ballack. His defensive positioning, however is an area that he needs to work on.

Cohen got his first team chance this season due to injury to Ricardo Gardner. He has not looked back since. Scoring against Liverpool, Portsmouth and Birmingham has cemented his place in Bolton's first team. His performances have made him the surprise package so far this season.

Cohen in Carling Cup action - Image from Associated Press

Bolton has not had a goalscoring midfielder since Kevin Nolan left the club in January 2009. Tamir Cohen has the ability and the athleticism to step into those shoes. Bolton boss, Gary Megson has already challenged him to do so and it will be a true test of Cohen's character to respond positively and score more goals from midfield. In evenly balanced games, often you will find that goals from midfield tend to be match winners.

Even at this time of post, Tamir Cohen has just put in a great shift in a hotly contested 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. It was his cross that gave Kevin Davies the opportunity to score his second goal of the season. His first assist for the season.

Watch for more great things from Bolton's Tamir Cohen.


Anonymous said...

Just so you know... his dad, Avi Cohen, was a Centre Back, and Rosenthal was more of forward than a midfielder...

Anonymous said...

yeah, good post he is really a good player and very hardworking

TheFlatBackFour said...

As I understood it, checking Avi Cohen up in the LFC website, he could play both in defence and in midfield. Similarly I have seen Ronnie Rosenthal in midfield as well, rarely I agree but potentially Rosenthal was a midfielder/forward.

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