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The best clubs fight for the Montpellier striker. The guy broke Mbappé’s great record!

Date: June 25, 2024 Time: 14:37:02

The best clubs fight for the Montpellier striker. The guy broke Mbappé’s great record!

Alexander Mulyanov June 18, 2023, 20:00 Moscow time

Milan, Arsenal and Juventus go after Elie Vai, 20 years old.

Lyon vs Montpellier in May – wow: nine goals, a crazy comeback for the hosts. And two pokers at once: the last time this happened was in 1974, when Carlos Bianchi scored five goals for Reims and Delio Onnis scored four for Monaco.

The first poker of the match and of the entire French season was issued immediately by 20-year-old Elie Vai, the Montpellier striker. In 15 minutes! The club finished in the middle of the table (12th place), but in winter the team had every chance of relegation. A lot of it didn’t happen because of Elie.

At the end of the season, Vai scored 19 goals and entered the top eight scorers in Ligue 1, before Mbappe: 10 goals! But Elie’s case is not about a “sudden shot”: the striker raised the bar with each season. He made his debut at the age of 17 with Metz, and already in the second game he scored against Monaco and became the second youngest goalscorer in the club’s history. He finished the first season with three goals and established himself as a promising player, a year later he scored 10 + 2. Therefore, the current result is the result of systematic growth (19+6 in 33 rounds of the French Championship).

Vai’s main quality is completion. Over the span of three seasons, he’s scored four more goals than predicted by the xG model. On average, one in four shots ends in a goal, and more than 50% hit the goal. He doesn’t hit from far, but rarely misses!

Another key benefit is speed. Directly almost at the level of Mbappé: this season, Vai accelerated to 35.28 km/h, Kylian’s 36 km/h. Elie knows how to find space, open up smartly and in time to get passes on the move and run away. The goal can come from anywhere. Ellie Vai is the first player since Kylian Mbappé to score more than 20 goals in Ligue 1 Under 20.

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Forward “Montpellier”

“I’m not trying to break records. If that happens, that’ll be great, but if not, I’ll keep working. Now people talk a lot about me, and that’s a positive thing. But I’m not going to stop just because I broke a record.”

The player also has flaws. “Montpellier” prefers to play a short pass, and Ellie almost does not participate in draws, and on average she gives only 16 passes per game, her accuracy is 68%. Riding martial arts-another pain-earns on average only every fifth, with a height of 178 cm. But the main thing for a young footballer is to overcome excessive emotionality: this season he managed to get eight yellow cards and one red.

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Photo: ZUMA/TASS

The best clubs fight for Elie. There is interest from all the major leagues.

The main contenders for talent are Arsenal, Juventus and Milan. Already in January, Footmercato announced the interest of Londoners, but so far the situation has not developed in any way. The Italians, according to L’Equipe, are more interested and have already established the first contacts with the player’s environment. Tuttomercato adds that in the context of AC Milan, the sale of Rafael Leau could speed up the process considerably. In Turin, Vai is seen as a possible alternative to Dusan Vlahovic. Transfermarkt values ​​the Frenchman at 25 million euros.

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