It's been a strange year for Alexandre Lacazette. Last season he shot to stardom with an incredible season which culminated in winning the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award and the Golden Boot ahead of PSG's talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who spent a large part of the season on the sidelines.
Scoring an incredible 27 goals in 33 appearances for his hometown club Lyon, the French international became one of the most coveted strikers in the world attracting attention from a host of Europe's elite.
However, since signing a new contract this summer which ties him down until 2019, putting to bed any speculation of a move away from the club, the Lyon frontman's form has dipped considerably and after three games without any goals and a string of below-par performances, sections of the fans at the Stade Gerland are beginning to question his commitment to the club.
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Perhaps it is cynical to suggest that Lacazette's new contract was signed in order for Lyon to command a higher transfer fee for their prized asset, in a similar vein to the contracts signed by Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling at Liverpool before their imminent departures.
There has been no word from the Lyon number 10 that he wants to leave, especially given his announcement to being "very happy and proud to prolong my deal" following his contract extension, though there is now a resounding belief held amongst some of Lyon's fan-base that the striker thinks that he has outgrown the French club and is angling for a move to a bigger club.
Coincidentally, these are the same fans that booed and whistled Lacazette off the pitch after he put in another average display in their home defeat to Rennes on Saturday.
Lyon are used to losing their star players - Hugo Lloris, Eric Abidal, Miralem Pjanic and Karim Benzema have all moved away from the French side in pursuit of greater projects around Europe - and current notion at the club is that Lacazette will be next, whether this summer or next, and many fear that Nabil Fekir may join that list too after he won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award last season.
Certainly, there will be a number of Premier League giants sniffing around the underperforming Frenchman. Manchester United and Arsenal are crying out for a clinical finisher and a predator in the box, and even though Lacazette is unproven at the very highest level, he is perhaps the best striker available in the current market.
Lyon's President Jean-Michel Aulas has always been a hard-nosed and shrewd negotiator, but even he may be resigned to sell the club's most prized asset for around £30 million as the transfer window nears its close.
If he does stay, Lyon will hope that the underperforming and seemingly disinterested French frontman will regain his stunning form from last season as they bid to kickstart their stuttering start to the Ligue 1 and and go one better than last season.