Patrick Vieira’s affect on Seko Fofana is obvious to see as quickly because the ball arrives at his ft. As quickly as the previous Manchester City teen embarks on a type of lungbusting ahead bursts, batting opponents apart like a raging bull knocking vintage Ming vases apart on considered one of his China store rampages.
“Patrick Vieira has helped me to progress every day,” Fofana instructed Sky Sports all the best way again in 2015, hailing the legendary Arsenal captain for imparting his information on considered one of his most promising Etihad Campus college students.
“He was a big player in my position so his advice is good. He knows how to get the best from the group and I think he has the quality required to become a great coach.”
Fofana would by no means make a first-team look in Manchester City colors, his pathway to the first-team blocked by one other of his idols – a sure Yaya Toure.
After 4 years at Udinese and two at Lens, nonetheless, the now-26-year-old Ivory Coast worldwide has blossomed to such an extent that it appears solely a matter of time earlier than he’s placing pen to paper with a membership, if not fairly on City’s degree, then one a rung or two beneath on the footballing ladder.
Back to England?
Aston Villa, Leicester City, Newcastle, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur are simply a number of the golf equipment taking an curiosity in Fofana, a formidable power of nature on the coronary heart of a coupon-busting Lens facet. Fofana was named Get France Football News’ 2021 Player of the Year – forward of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and co – for a cause.
“I think it was a simple decision in the end,” the web site’s head author Adam White explains.
“He’s been the most consistently high-level performer in Ligue 1. He manages to play midfield enforcer, creator and dynamo all at once. It’s quite incredible.”
That Crystal Palace are but to be linked with a transfer of their very own for Fofana nonetheless is, to cite White, ‘quite incredible’. And not simply because it’s now Vieira standing on the Selhurst Park touchline.
It’s no secret that Palace, like Aston Villa and Leicester, are focusing on an all-action midfield dynamo with 30-something veterans Cheikhou Kouyate, James McArthur and Luka Milovojevic going through unsure futures. What’s extra, The Eagles have even held talks with Fofana’s midfield associate, the £16 million-rated Cheick Doucoure.
Fofana is lastly beginning the eye he deserves from the broader footballing public. Surely Crystal Palace are the subsequent to point out appreciation for his skills.
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