Rumour mills on Twitter are hotting up with one name in particular over the last few days: Alexandre Lacazette. Some sources say the coveted striker is set to hand in a transfer request with Liverpool and Arsenal hot on the striker's tail.
Lacazette has been seen favouriting tweets linking him with a move to the Gunners with fans seemingly over-joyed at the prospect of signing him. His stock rose massively last season after an impressive campaign, but just how good is he?
There can be no debate that Lacazette is a supremely talented footballer. He possesses all the key characteristics a striker needs with his pace and dribbling ability his most notable strengths.
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His 27 league goals are a stat truly to be marvelled at and one that deserves credit but does this make him world class? In my opinion not yet. For me many fans are going slightly over board when it comes to Lacazette.
Fans of Premier League clubs have been crying out to sign Lacazette even more so than many of the other strikers on the market who I believe are of a higher calibre than the Lyon man.
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Room for improvement
Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani even to some extent Thomas Muller have all fallen down the pecking order in the eyes of some fans and I find this rather surprising.
The players just mentioned are all proven at a much higher level and have scored goals against much higher level opposition.
The reason I include the point about goals against higher level opposition is that last season Lacazette failed to record a strike against any of the top five sides in Ligue 1.
A surprising stat considering the volume of goals he scored but it does show that perhaps the stats may not be as sensational as you may think. Of course 27 league goals is a phenomenal achievement for any striker but for me there is still room for improvement.
Eight of those league goals also came from the penalty spot, now while penalty taking is a hard skill to master, goals from 12 yards can often make a player appear world class statistically.
Lacazette is not world class - yet
Lacazette is not yet a world class player, he has a lot to prove both domestically and internationally. Euro 2016 is just round the corner and he will want to cement his place in the starting line-up for the tournament.
A move to a bigger club may suit him and perhaps further his development. His first taste of Champions League football, should he play in the competition, will be interesting to see whether he can replicate his form from Ligue 1.
Only time will tell if Lacazette can prove that he is one of the finest strikers in Europe but for me he still has a lot to prove if he is to be spoken about in such a high regard. Hype can be a dangerous thing in football and now Lacazette has to improve so as to not fall foul to it.