Jean Michael Seri: Meet Nice's classy playmaker being linked with Liverpool
Seri is so versatile that nobody really knows what his best position is. He can be a deep-lying maestro in the style of Andrea Pirlo, is frequently used as a box-to-box midfielder, and excels when positioned as a classical playmaker behind the strikers.
His passing abilities are continuing to improve and he wins his fair share of balls in defence. Seri also brags a decent shot from distance, and his free-kicks cause plenty of problems for the opposition. His character has proven to be positive in overcoming the early setback of being ignored at Porto, and the tendency to be critical of himself should enable him to progress even further.
Seri might be lacking leadership qualities at this stage of his career. His influence tends to diminish when Nice are dominated by opponents, and he is not exactly the player to take the game on himself and shift the momentum. The Ivorian is a quiet person, and requires players who show fighting spirit and make their voice heard alongside him.
"I played with a lot of quality performers in my career, and Mika is on par with them,” said former Bayern Munich centre-back Dante, who now plays for Nice.
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Seri suffers from chilblains – painful and itchy swellings on the skin when the weather is cold. That could be a minor problem if he were to live in an English climate, and the Premier League suitors should be aware of the issue, just as the player himself is.
What happens next?
It's logical to assume that Seri would be a welcome addition at Anfield, and he has the quality to succeed at the highest level in the Premier League. However, his style may be better suited to Spanish football – even without taking the chilblains into account.