Alexandre Lacazette Making The Headlines

Last wekend Olympique Lyon won 2-1 over Metz in the French Ligue 1, Striker Alexandre Lacazette was target for the 21st time this season for the league leaders who have won all their past seven games owing most of the thanks to the contribution of their front-man. Lyon are comfortably sitting at the top of the table, four points ahead of Marseille who were leading just a few weeks ago. We might have not seen big name signings in this transfer window, but it doesn’t mean that there isn’t any. Lyon’s striker has caught the attention of both Liverpool and Roma but he looks poised to stay at Lyon, at least for now.

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At the age of 23, Alexandre is at his prime years, he has already surpassed his 15 goal tally of last season by six goals average a goal per 93 minutes. His composure and maturity are reflected in his performance on the pitch scoring important and crucial goals for his club. Lacazette is the first player to score 20 goals after just 21 games in Ligue 1 since Carlos Bianchi did in 1977/78. So far, in Europe’s top five leagues, only Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to score more goals than the Frenchman. This says a lot about his finishing skills and his ability as an all-out striker but in fact, it’s not his primary role. He grew up as a winger and this worked only for his benefit as he mastered the use of his pace and speed on the pitch. He’s able to assist and connect with his team-mates as well as drift wide away from his marker when his team-mates are in possession.

As long as his team-mates are creating chances, he will be scoring goals, he’s fairly young yet mature, he has the energy needed to make the best out of his experience and if Lyon are to thank anyone for their progress this campaign, it would be Lacazette who’s proving himself in every single game he’s played. He has already played four full seasons at Lyon and a few games in his debut season back in 2009-2010. He might not be ready to move in the last couple of days of the transfer window this term as he seeks to win the French league before moving elsewhere.

On the international level, he’s already racked five games for France making his way into the team after current Milan forward Jeremy Menez withdrew from the squad after suffering an injury. After appearing in several games for the senior French national team, he could consider making the next move, there are several possible destinations open for him including both Roma and Liverpool who could offer him the chance of regular football.

Whether he decides to stay at Lyon or leave after the summer, he will certainly be attracting an increasing host of suitors and interest from abroad. There is little reason for us to think that he won’t be keeping up his current form until the end of the season, but the question is, who will sign him and when. Europe’s elite will be knocking on Lyon’s doors in the coming few months.

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