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Toko Ekambi continues to shine as Lyon's primary goal-scorer
Oct 28, 2021, 5:09:00 AM

Toko Ekambi continues to shine as Lyon's primary goal-scorer

Karl Toko Ekambi is one of the top players in Ligue 1 this season. Since Toko Ekambi scored against Glasgow Rangers in the Europa League back in September 2021, the Cameroonian has not stopped scoring in both the EL and Ligue 1 with nine goals for both club and country.

The Europa League is Toko Ekambi’s biggest stage as he has scored five goals so far this season. Lyon has a 100% record in that league as they have three wins in as many games. Toko Ekambi has stepped in for Moussa Dembélé in the primary forward role. Toko Ekambi has become the perfect player to complement Lucas Paqueta who is playing the false nine role.

Before Lyon’s match against Nice, Peter Bosz talked about how much he has been impressed by Toko Ekambi. He said, ‘He's a forward and he's there to score goals. He has his qualities and is a really good player. He's fast and we don't have many who can run in behind defences the way he does. He hasn't just proved himself this season. He scored a lot of goals last season as well. He's a goalscorer’.

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His minutes have been worrying because he might get run to the ground with so much playing time. Bosz is trying to juggle his minutes so Toko Ekambi can be effective but also healthy at the same time.

Bosz said, ‘He's playing every game at the moment and we'll assess when he might need a rest. We can also manage his training workload. I gave him two days off following the Monaco match’.

Toko Ekambi has been Lyon’s star this season which is a great development for a team that lost some of its stars in the latest transfer window. The primary goal-scorer role is one of the hardest to play in football but Toko Ekambi has embraced it.

It will be difficult to shine every game but the Cameroonian has found a way to be a star in every game. It will not last forever but his growth is encouraging for Lyon’s hopes of winning trophies.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA