Alex Ring doesn't possess great speed but he does have decent enough acceleration to stop counter-attacks. He does struggle though against pacey opposition.
Ring isn't really the type of player to take on players and dribble in the midfield. Although he has good ball control he tends to release the ball fairly quickly to an open player or look for a longer pass instead of dribble.
Ring is operating more as a deep-lying playmaker this season. He's improved his distribution and is averaging 4.6 long balls per game according to Whoscored.
Ring's passing is pretty good and he's essential in the NYC FC team to build possession. He's often playing passes in between the lines, or long diagonal passes to the wingers. He's averaging 59 passes per game at a 79% completion rate this season so far.
Ring provides much strength and defensive stability to NYC FC's midfield. He often wins back possession just by out strengthening the opponent.
His aerial play isn't the greatest for a such a commanding midfielder. He's only averaging 1.4 aerial duels won per game according to Whoscored.
Ring's field vision is quite impressive. He likes to drop back in between the two center backs to play as a deep-lying playmaker at times. He uses his excellent vision to play long diagonal passes to an open winger.
His positioning is quite superb. He's often at the right place at the right time to intercept a pass or prevent an opposition attack. He adds much needed defensive cover for NYC FC. He's also gotten quite accustomed to playing in a double pivot alongside James Sands and has formed a good partnership with him this season.
One of Ring's weaknesses is definitely his aggression. Last season he committed 2.1 fouls per game on average and accumulated 11 yellow cards in the entire season which was tied for the most in the league.
His shooting also isn't the greatest. Although he sometimes has a pretty accurate long shot his finishing isn't that great. This is something he's definitely working on to improve because he's already matched his goal tally from last season which was 2. And he's averaging 2.4 shots per game now in 2019 compared to 0.6 in 2018.
Defensively he's one of the best midfielders in the league. He adds much needed defensive support to NYC FC. Last season he averaged 2.1 interceptions per game and 2.8 tackles per game. He does an excellent job at breaking up play and regaining possession for NYC FC.
Ring has great stamina and usually completes the 90 minutes unless he suffers some type of injury. Since joining NYC FC though he's only ever suffered two injuries which only kept him out of 5 games total.
Defensive positioning, Tackling, Interceptions, Long Passes, and Ball control
Aggressiveness, Finishing, and Aerial duels
Ring is a great player and a perfect fit for NYC FC. He adds much-needed strength and defensive coverage for a possession-based team. By playing with NYC FC he's also improved a lot offensively as a box-to-box midfielder.
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