Thomas Lemar’s start to his new Atletico Madrid adventure hasn’t really gone to plan.
The 24-year-old winger, who joined the Rojiblancos from Monaco, has played 21 games across all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side up until matchday 19 in La Liga, but has failed to find the net or even provided an assist thus far.
For a player who managed to bag 22 goals and 33 assists for his former club, this is a rather disappointing figure.
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But it seems that Spurs are still interested in acquiring his services in the not too distant future, according to a recent report from The Independent.
A €6m loan deal with an option-to-buy is being considered by the club, though Arsenal and other European clubs are also monitoring his situation.
But what do those who know him best have to say about him?
Let’s find out…
Lemar grew up on the Caribbean island, Guadeloupe, and was always seen as their massive talent.
Louise, the island’s football technical director, showered the young player with praise, highlighting his incredible winning mentality and the eagerness he always possessed.
Here’s what he said, as quoted by Get French Football News (via The Guardian):
“The best player that Guadeloupe has ever known.
“He did not like to lose, even when he was 10cm shorter than everyone else. His competitive side was not expressed by ranting, but by hyperactivity on the pitch: anywhere the ball was, Thomas was there too. He absolutely wanted to have influence.”
Interestingly enough, Tranchant is the man responsible for the discovery of the talent that is the now 24-year-old winger.
The former Caen B manager watched Lemar play football for the first time during a trip to Guadeloupe in November 2008 and immediately he knew he had stumbled upon a true gem.
He has paid the forward some incredible compliments, praising his technical and tactical abilities, as quoted by Bleacher Report:
“Technically and tactically, he’s above 90 percent of other players.
“I think Thomas could play for any high-level club, and as the level gets higher, the higher he’ll raise his level. That’s the mark of the great players.”
Jardim knows Lemar very well given he used to coach him back at Monaco.
Now, of course, neither Jardim or Lemar remain at the club but the former manager held his young player in high regard from the very start, stating that his versatility is one of his greatest strengths.
Here’s what he said when asked about Lemar, as quoted by UEFA:
“Lemar is a top player. A coach who has a player like Lemar is happy – he doesn’t need to make substitutions to change formation. Lemar understands football: he can play as a winger, an attacking or defensive midfielder or even a full-back.”
Even though he might be struggling at Atletico Madrid at the very moment, Lemar is still an intriguing talent worth considering for Spurs
There’s plenty of potential buried somewhere beneath his rough texture and perhaps north London is an ideal destination for him to reignite his career.