After OL - Nantes: it's a gift!
KTE in record form
Karl Toko Ekambi had scored only two goals in 12 matches in all competitions before the end of the season in March 2020. The Cameroonian has since become, in a few months, the spearhead of the Lyon attack: author of the opening goal yesterday, he now has nine goals and four assists in 15 matches, and is OL's top scorer and co-assist leader (Memphis also has 4 assists). Never before has KTE been so prolific in so few games in his career, so he can very much hope to improve on his personal best of 17 league goals, set in 2017-18 with Angers.
Kadewere and Paqueta: The new boys are well integrated
Probably at the origin of the slow start to the season for OL, the transfer window also allowed Lucas Paqueta to join the team. Immediately impressive in the midfield, the Brazilian managed to do against Nantes the one thing he lacked in a Lyon jersey, scoring a goal: after being picked out by Kadewere, he sealed the outcome of the match just before the break and was justly rewarded for all the efforts he had provided since his first match.
His first game coincided with Tino Kadewere's debut goal in Ligue 1. Since then, the forward has scored six more. Yesterday his incessant activity again was key for the attacking play animation of Les Gones. Able to slip the ball in at the near post to double the lead, he turned provider for Paqueta's goal -- the Zimbabwean has now been involved in five goals in his last four matches (three goals and two assists) .
With the team displaying such form, there is no doubt that Les Gones are eagerly awaiting their players' return in January, their 36 points from 17 matches being their best total at this stage of the season since the 2007-2008 season…