Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has only one man above on the goal scoring charts in French League 1.
Second only to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he finds himself ahead of seasoned campaigners Bafetimi Gomez, Lisandro Lopez, Solomon Kalou, Adrian Mutu, Ezequiel Lavezzi etc.
The Gabon International was a member of the famous AC Milan academy but he couldn’t establish himself there. He managed just two appearances for the Italian giants in-between the loan spells to Dijon, Lille, Monaco and Saint-Étienne. He had the doors closed to the senior team, and was sold to Saint-Étienne for a mere £1.5 Million.
Aubameyang became a hot property, after his goal scoring exploits for Saint-Étienne. He notched up 18 and 20 goals in the last two seasons for Saint-Étienne, fuelling interests from some quarters.
Some of the Premier League clubs are also hot on the heels of the Gabonese international. He also scored three times in the African Cup of Nations to make his mark in the international stage.
Is Aubmeyang suited to English Premier League? His aerial presence puts him at a good position, if he is planning a move to the English soil. French League’s top recruiters Arsenal and Newcastle are in need of striking additions too. Taking a closer look into Aubameyang’s playing style will help to solve the puzzles surrounding the player’s abilities.
This man has developed into a modern day forward who can occupy both the central and wing roles. Crossing may not be one of his strengths but he possesses the trickery and skills to cause problems to the opposition defence from any attacking position.
He likes to cut inside from wide areas and is a major threat with counter attacks. His creative vision and the ability to play gorgeous defence splitting balls put him in a good stead.
The forward excels when there is space to exploit. In the Premier League, players are generally tightly marked or will be closed down quickly. It remains to be seen how Aubameyang adapts to a new league where he will draw more attention from close quarters.
He can succeed in a mid-table or bottom half team, where one will get lot of counter attacking options and space. But it will be difficult for him, when he is closely attended in a big team unless he gets eased into the battlefield.
He isn’t a consistent force to be reckoned with in Ligue 1. But on his day he is ruthless and can finish the game on his own.
It remains to be seen whether Aubameyang is a flash in the pan or future superstar. But one thing is for sure; there will be takers for the Gabonese international. He has bags of potential and if guided properly his footwork and magic can grace the Premier League lovers, week in and out.
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