There has been a lot of talk surrounding Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette recrntly and it’s not surprising. The 23-year-old striker has been in excellent form so far this season and has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including some in the Premier League.
The Frenchman has excellent ability that will make him one of Europe’s best strikers for many seasons to come. He has remarkable pace alongside concise dribbling skills that makes him very difficult for any defence to handle. His goalscoring form this season is one of the best in Europe, with only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo having scored more so far this term.
He has 21 goals in 23 appearances in Ligue 1 since the beginning of the campaign, with 19 of those strikes coming from his lethal right foot. His movement and skill is similar to that of Luis Suarez and, despite being only 5’8, he is a very strong figure who is difficult to knock off the ball.
There is no doubt that the young striker has bags of ability. he has a higher take-on success percentage than the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as well as having a very strong 68% shot accuracy. He is one of the most dangerous strikers in Europe at the moment and it will not be long before the striker will leave Lyon in search of bigger things.
The striker has received no shortage of praise in recent months and he has been absolutely vital to Lyon’s success in the league. In the five recent matches that Lyon were without Lacazette due to a thigh injury, they failed to record a single victory. Thierry Henry described Lacazette as ‘extraordinary’ and former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier believes the striker can become world-class due to his ability and professionalism, so hopefully he can live up to the high expectations.
The question surrounding Lacazette’s future is intriguing. His pace and finishing ability means that he will be well suited to any of the best leagues in Europe, but there is rumoured to be strong interest from the Premier League in the shape of Arsenal and Liverpool. Arsenal lack a real pacey striker that has a current goalscoring record like Lacazette and Arsene Wenger’s French connections will undoubtedly represent an attractive option for the striker.
Liverpool’s interest will depend on whether the team qualifies for the Champions League next season, though, as Lacazette will want to be playing his club football at the highest level in order to cement a regular place in France’s international squad.
If Lacazette continues to replicate the form that has made him one of the hottest prospects in Europe so far, there could be a huge transfer tug-of-war for the player’s services in the summer. The French league has improved in terms of quality in recent seasons and his current goal tally is something that should not be sniffed at.
France seem to have developed a knack of producing talented frontmen, and Lacazette is no different. The striker has spent his entire career at Lyon so far but it would be surprising if the striker didn’t move on at the end of the season. Wherever he ends up, Lacazette looks certain to be Europe’s next biggest attacking talent.