The winter mercato’s first recruit at OL, Karl Toko Ekambi uttered his first words as a Lyon player on Tuesday.
Karl Toko Ekambi it’s a Gone. Officialized on Monday night by theOlympique Lyonnais, the arrival of the French-Cameroon striker completes an orphan attacking area by Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, both victims of a cruciate ligament rupture in December. After being satisfied with his first recruit of this winter market, President Jean-Michel Aulas gave some additional details about the nature of the contract signed by “KTE”. It was known that the new issue 21 was on loan for the next six months, its president brought new details: ” It’s abouta loan with a non-compulsory purchase option. If we lift the option at the end of the season, Karl will commit to 4 years with us. »
Interesting stats in La Liga
Returning after a year and a half in La Liga with Villarreal, the 27-year-old striker has gained experience in Spain. In 52 league games (including 35 starts), the Parisian by birth has been involved in 18 goals (16 goals and 2 assists). He showed great qualities in the finish (53.1% of the framed shots) but also in the elimination thanks to its speed and technique (46% of successful dribbles and 41% of the duels won). He also shone in the Europa League last year. It is this versatile player profile that has attracted Juninho, Rhodan’s transgaming.orging director: ” He is able to play alone in front, but also on one side. It will bring us your experience, your speed and your technique. A good alternative to replace Depay and Queen Adelaide.
After Paris FC, FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and Angers SCO, “KTE” will discover a club of different position with OL, ” one of the two largest French clubs according to him. A logical choice for which it had already been addressed in the past: ” I didn’t hesitate for a second. I was impressed with the facilities here. I had already had contact with Lyon, it is a pleasure to return to France at this club. The Ligue 1 Conforama is very competitive and we continue to compete in four competitions. It’s important. »
“Be efficient very quickly”
Author of an interesting first part of the season (6 goals and 2 assists in 18 games with the ninth in La Liga), Toko Ekambi has not played since the end of December, but has ” eager to start low [ses] new colours ». « You always have to act very fast. I’ll evolve where the coach wants me to play announced with envy. With a different profile from other Lyon strikers, it can bring more diversity to the Gones game, which showed overall statistics this season compared to the previous year (47.1% of successful dribbles, 43.8% of duels won and 47.1% of air duels and who tried more luck (2.2 shots per game, including 1.1 frames vs. 1.9 shots last year).
With this arrival full of promises put in front, OL will be able to devote itself to other issues at the end of the market, as Juninho confided. « Our priority was the arrival of Karl. Next, we’ll discuss the possible arrival of an advocate after Oumar’s injury. Therefore, this could still move between Rhone and Saona at the end of the winter market…
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