This June 19, 2016, in the streets of Lille, there is only one for him. To the sound of “the lion has died tonight“Swiss fans can’t stop singing their summer hit:”In Nati, Swiss Nati, Breel is at home, oh Embolo, oh Embolo, oh Embolo“A few hours before the second match of the blues against Switzerland, much of the city center of Lille takes to heart the tribute to the Swiss striker. Breel Embolo is then at the height of his hype. At 19, what he has just been chosen best player of the Swiss championship and the public favorite is promised a bright future.
“He is an extraordinary player, with exceptional qualities of speed and power but who also knows how to play for others.then diagnoses Didier Tholot, FC Sion coach. He has this ability to make a specific match for great players.“José Mourinho covers this”promising talent“of compliments and hopes of attracting him to Manchester United. The big European clubs (Arsenal, Tottenham, Leipzig, Dortmund) give him a kick.
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Embolo is, therefore, first of all, the story of an early talent who only took four minutes to score his first goal with the professionals. A player who will be hard-fought by Cameroon and Switzerland from 2014 while the one who made his league debut with Basel is only 17 years old. In a country desperately looking for a successor to Alexander Frei, Embolo carries immense hopes on his shoulders.
After dropping 27 million euros after the euro, a tidy sum when the transfer market had not yet been lost by the peps of its time, the Schalke 04 hopes to keep one of the jewels of tomorrow. Six years later, he signed with Monaco and its value has melted since the transfer of around 12 million euros was negotiated. At 25, the seventh youngest goal scorer in the Champions League is no longer the great player of tomorrow.
The most expensive recruit at the Gelsenkirchen club, he disappointed during his first two seasons in Germany and never topped the five-goal mark in the league. The fault, in the first place, of two major injuries (ankle in the fall of 2016, broken foot in November 2018). Immense hopes are deflated after three seasons, 48 Bundesliga games for just ten small goals. “His first injury completely turned him around and cost him a year“recalls Pascal Steinmann, a Eurosport Germany journalist.
Breel Embolo with the Möchengladbach shirt
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Embolo is very fast and strong in counterattacks
He was better at Mönchengaldbach, which he joined in 2019. But after six seasons in the Bundesliga, he has only shown his potential in too-rare moments and Germany remain generally dissatisfied. Arriving at Gladbach for 15 million euros, his rating has deteriorated further. “He fought for a place in the XI with Plea and Thuram and also did not play such an important role.continues Pascal Steinmann. In fact, his last season was his best season.“Why did Embolo never live up to expectations?”His injury stopped his progress, of course, but I would say his versatility didn’t help him.Steinmann points out. He was almost never expected to be the number one striker on his teams and his versatility penalized him, he who often played on the wings or offensive midfield.“
We probably shouldn’t expect an explosion in Monaco when Wissam Ben Yedder, Kevin Volland or even Takumi Minamino seem to be ahead of him in the hierarchy. “Embolo is very fast and strong in counterattacks, he knows when to go deep. He’s especially fast in the first two or three meters, which makes him pretty strong in a one-on-one“, remembers our German teammate. That’s why Monaco went to look for the Swiss, to fine-tune their transition game. If it’s no longer a great hope, their trajectory is a bit up. who knows, maybe Louis II., this season, will occupy the song of 2016 …
Breel Embolo of Borussia Mönchengladbach
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