Kolo Muani, Bondy’s other prodigy

Impressive against Angers (1-4), Randal Kolo Muani confirmed his full potential. FC Nantes will be able to benefit from it this season, but probably not more.

Take a tour this Monday on the Whoscored site, and you will see that two players, in the European top 5, obtained the maximum score of 10/10 for their performance over the weekend. The first is Karim Benzema, decisive with Real Madrid. The second is another French striker, born in 1998 near Bondy: Randal Kolo Muani.

The FC Nantes striker was sparkling against Angers (1-4). He did everything to the defenders of the SCO, the overflow to obtain the penalty of 2-0 (6th), the perfect assist for Ludovic Blas (79th) and between the two a little gem. This goal (23rd), where he controls a cross a little too much in his back, turns around with a nice wheel, then takes his time, feigns Jimmy Cabot, and adjusts Bernardoni. Enough to grow little cries of joy to Thierry Henry, when he saw the goal on Amazon Prime.

Henry is not the only one who thinks well of Kolo Muani. Romain Thomas, who suffered in front of him on Sunday, is not stingy in compliments. “He was the striker who impressed me the most last season, confided the Angevin defender. He has everything: he is tall, he goes fast, he has good ball protection. In terms of intrinsic qualities, I put him in the Top 5 forwards in Ligue 1. « 

Even if he was born the same month as him, and also comes from Bondy, Kolo Muani has not yet experienced the same trajectory as bappe-183853.html /, far from it. At the start of last season, he was going to leave on loan at Boulogne-sur-Mer (National), but his performances during the preparation convinced Christian Gourcuff to give him a chance. His debut was frustrating, with several goals denied for very limited offside, but “RKM” has established himself as the indisputable holder at the forefront of FCN’s attack. With his 9 goals and 4 assists in 37 matches, while playing in a team in great difficulty, he was the rare ray of sunshine of the Nantes season.

End of contract in 2022

Last summer his performance was criticized by … Waldemar Kita, who estimated in L’Equipe that a good striker should score at least 15 goals in Ligue 1. At that time, Nantes were trying to sell their player, and one wonders how this lunar declaration was going to increase the odds of the one who was playing the Olympic Games with the Bleuets at the time. Finally, despite the interest of English clubs (where Nantes wanted to send him) or Frankfurt (the preferred destination by the player), the Bondynois remained in Nantes.

At the end of the contract in 2022, Kolo Muani should not extend with his training club, if we are to believe the information regularly relayed by Ouest-France and Presse-Océan. Economically, it’s a shame for Nantes, which will undoubtedly deprive itself of a good sale (even if there is still the winter transfer window). Sportingly, on the other hand, Antoine Kombouaré will not complain, he who has with Ludovic Blas and Moses Simon, the current best passer in Ligue 1, a nice attacking trio.

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