His name never seems to stay out of the press, does it?
Reports of Nabil Fekir wanting a move away from Olympique Lyonnais have sparked rumours that Chelsea, Spurs, and Liverpool are all in for the No.18 forward.
We all know the now infamous collapse of the Frenchman’s deal in the summer, with the plug being pulled by the Liverpool hierarchy after results of his medical came out. It kills me to talk about it as a Red; seeing the leaked videos of his first interview. Don’t. You’ll get me going again.
Why the move makes sense
With Lyon in 4th place and once again, miles away from inevitable champions PSG, there is a valid argument that it is the right time for him to move away from Ligue 1, and try himself in the English Premier League.
With Moussa Dembélé acquired in the summer, Houssem Aouar’s rise to stardom and Memphis playing to the standard we all know he can play to, Nabil may feel a wee bit out in the cold at the French club. It makes sense for Lyon to cash in on the French international, as they have ample cover, with the academy producing some real gems in recent times, and top notch recruitment.
The money could be reinvested in other areas of the team, or trying to keep hold of stars such as Tanguy Ndombele, who looks like a potential world-beater that is attracting interest from Manchester United. Calciomercato are also reporting Tottenham’s pursuit of Fekir has intensified – this will be largely due to the injury to main man Harry Kane
“Nabil Fekir has a past at Olympique Lyonnais. He has a future.”Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas comments on Fekir during the summer window
For any one of these teams, he would add a world-class option to the team. With 8 goal contributions this season in 634 minutes, it is clear Fekir still offers a team lacking a spark.
Creativity and an eye for a ball means he is able to operate in the 10 due to the experience he gained in the position in the earlier stages of his career. Liverpool’s pursuit of the winger clearly highlights he must be effective in pressing making him a perfect fit for either Klopp or Pochettino’s system.
Merseyside or North London?
Fekir hasn’t had adequate minutes to showcase his talents this season, meaning pure statistics don’t show the full story. I believe a move to Spurs is most likely, with Kane out until March, Son at the Asian Games and Eriksen’s potential move to one of Europe’s super clubs this summer, it might be time for a big investment by Daniel Levy.
I understand the stadium was a large investment, but without a team who can compete for trophies, it isn’t worth it (at least from a neutral fan’s perspective). However, It could be a two-way improvement; with Fekir enhancing Spurs and Poch helping him develop into a world-class player.
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