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  • Daniel Kamenetzky


Lamine Yamal has been added to the injury list. As I elaborated in my two previous reports ( (, the likelihood of an injury in his case was quite high due to several key factors:

  1. Incomplete biological maturation, making it challenging for him to handle the rigorous senior training and competitive loads.

  2. Incomplete technical proficiency, hindering his ability to safely manage the number of repetitions required for professional-level performance.

  3. Limited conditional capacity to handle the intensity and duration of senior competitions and training.

  4. Unfinished physical growth to withstand the physical demands at the senior level, particularly in terms of physical contact.

  5. Underdeveloped physical, psychological, and social aspects needed to cope with the demands of training sessions and competitive games.

  6. Lack of a progressive load increment strategy since his promotion to the professional level.

Without a comprehensive developmental process, even the most strategic player may struggle when attempting to compete at the professional level. The factors mentioned above, as discussed in my previous reports, necessitate a well-structured action plan. Failure to complete this plan systematically significantly increases the risk of performance-related issues.

In Yamal's case, as suggested in my reports, there are several variables that need to be managed and trained before allowing him, an 'unfinished player,' to progress to the next level of competition, despite displaying exceptional 'tactical' abilities for his age-appropriate level.

Numerous examples, some of which I've highlighted on LinkedIn and my Blog (, such as Ansu Fati, Arda Guler, and Pedri, demonstrate how prematurely promoting a player without an appropriate transitional model can jeopardize their future and the club's prospects.

If you are interested in learning more about controlling and designing a player's transition from youth to senior competition, please feel free to contact me at"



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