Thomas Lemar’s stock meteorically rose during the last two weeks of the transfer window as there was allegedly a three-way shootout between Liverpool, Arsenal and potentially even Manchester United for the Monaco winger’s services. The 21-year-old is one of many young Monaco players that featured in their breakout season, as they managed to unseat Paris St Germain as the reigning French league champions in 2016/2017, and he’s making a name for himself in the French national team too.
Along with Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva, Lemar spearheaded Monaco’s attack and managed to tally up 9 goals and 10 assists in the league. His playing style is more traditional for a winger, preferring to stay on the left flank and whip dangerous crosses into the box regularly, rather than the current trend of “inverted” wingers, where players play on the opposite side to their dominant foot so they can cut inside in order to try and take shots on goal.
Lemar’s perfectly-struck half-volley for France against the Netherlands in their World Cup 2018 qualifier match showed exactly why he’s showed he’s worth the £92m Arsenal unsuccessfully bid for him on deadline day.
A poorly-cleared cross fell conveniently into Lemar’s path and after he composed himself impressively, the youngster catapulted the ball into Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen’s top corner.
Check it out above.
Since Monaco have lost both Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva during the transfer window, keeping Lemar will likely prove to be exceptionally beneficial as they try and compete for silverware with a squad that has lost a lot of quality. With little competition in his position Lemar, should be able to monopolise game minutes and in all likelihood improve on his goal and assists tally significantly this season.
Arsene Wenger recently said in an interview that Arsenal would return to bid for Lemar again in a future transfer window, but if Lemar keeps scoring goals like this, he’s likely to cost far more than £90m for any teams that want to add him to their ranks.