Tidiam Gomis, a talented French U17 forward, has been generating interest from top Bundesliga clubs including Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig. After an impressive performance in the U17 World Cup, Gomis' market value has been on the rise. Bayer Leverkusen had previously made a bid of €4 million for Gomis and came close to signing him. However, his potential move has attracted attention from other clubs as well.
Gomis, born on August 8, 2006, has a Senegalese and French heritage. He is considered the biggest hope of Caen's youth academy and signed his first professional contract at the age of 16. Standing at 183cm tall, Gomis predominantly plays as a left winger but can also be deployed as a center forward, second striker, or right winger. In the U17 World Cup, he often played on the right wing due to France's team adjustments.
In the previous season, Gomis made a total of 17 appearances for Caen U19 and the reserves, scoring 2 goals and providing 1 assist. He also scored 2 goals and assisted 2 times in the U17 European Championship, where he performed exceptionally well. In the current season, Gomis has made 6 substitute appearances for the Caen first team in Ligue 2 and has also played 6 matches in the U17 World Cup, scoring 1 goal.
Gomis was on the verge of a move to Bayer Leverkusen this summer, with the club making a reported bid of €4 million that was accepted by Caen. However, after careful consideration, Gomis and Caen rejected the offer, believing that it was not the right time to make such a move. He has recently been given the number 7 jersey at Caen, which suggests that he will stay with the club for a few more years before moving to a bigger team.
In addition to Bayer Leverkusen, Gomis has also attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund. According to reports, Dortmund scouts were impressed with Gomis' performances in the U17 World Cup and have been monitoring his progress. They have been in contact with Caen and the player's representatives, and have been speeding up the process of signing him since August. It is worth mentioning that apart from Gomis, Dortmund is also considering signing Le Havre winger Amoni, who was also born in August 2006.
RB Leipzig is another club that is rumored to be interested in Gomis, although it is unclear whether they will continue to compete for his signature.
Gomis' dribbling skills have been improving, particularly on the wings. He has the ability to control the ball with his body movements and outmaneuver opponents. In the U17 World Cup, Gomis was one of the few players in the French team who could break through the defense using his individual skills. He completed 16 successful dribbles in 6 matches, with an average of 2.7 successful dribbles per game and a success rate of 64%. Although he sometimes struggles with clean dribbles at the senior level, his explosive bursts and good ball control provide Caen with an attacking threat.
Gomis' goalscoring ability has seen improvement in the U17 European Championship, where he scored 2 goals and provided 2 assists, helping France reach the final. However, his efficiency in front of goal in the U17 World Cup was not particularly high, with only 1 goal from 13 shots, including a penalty. He mainly used his dribbling skills and drew fouls to threaten the opposing defense. He had 3 key passes but failed to create clear-cut chances or assists, with a passing success rate of 76% and a crossing success rate of only 20%. Gomis' shooting skills are decent, but he is not known for his goal-scoring efficiency. He prefers transitional passes rather than creating scoring opportunities himself. Overall, his passing and shooting skills are average, but he occasionally shows glimpses of brilliance with long-range shots and aerial abilities.
Gomis' tactical contribution is decent as both a winger and a striker. He has good dueling and flank support abilities. However, his off-the-ball positioning and defensive capabilities still require improvement. In the U17 World Cup, he averaged 0.5 successful tackles and won back possession 3.3 times per game, but was also dribbled past 0.7 times per game, which is considered an average performance for a winger.
In terms of physicality, Gomis has average to slightly above-average attributes. His speed and explosiveness are decent, but not exceptional. He has good strength and the ability to draw fouls, with a success rate of 57% in duels. His aerial dueling success rate is around 60%, indicating his potential in aerial battles. However, he still needs to work on his overall physicality and fitness, especially when transitioning to senior level football.
In conclusion, Gomis possesses similar characteristics to former French forward Thierry Henry, with a weaker focus on off-the-ball movement but stronger physical attributes. He is considered the star of the 2006 generation of strikers. As France prepares to face Germany in the U17 World Cup final, we hope that the 17-year-old Gomis can continue to perform well and help his team win the championship.