Asked on the Offside with Taylor Twellman podcast to name those that he tries to model his own game on, Pepi said: “I used to be a big Ronaldo fan, but I also used to watch a lot of Raul Jimenez – he was one of my idols growing up. Now I watch players like Alvaro Morata, who I feel is similar to my playing style a little bit. Of course you want to watch players like Erling Haaland, who is always scoring. I like to watch a lot of players.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE
Pressed further on why he looks up to Spain international Morata, who is currently back at Atletico Madrid and proving to be a useful source of goals for them, Pepi added: “Just the way we move on the pitch. We aren’t the fastest player or the strongest player, but we somehow manage to find space in the box and score goals. I feel like I compare myself pretty well to him. When it comes to scoring goals, I feel like he is a very effective player.”
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Pepi has found a way of being effective himself, with 16 caps and seven goals for the USMNT to his name, and hopes to use PSV as a stepping stone en route to the very top of the game in Europe. He said of his plans for the present and future: “I feel like being at a club like PSV, I signed a five-year deal so it’s about patience and working every day trying to get better as a player. I feel like I’m at a club, PSV, that are known for making big transfers of players, of having players go to the big clubs. I feel like I’m in the right spot and I’m going to keep working until I get my opportunity.”