Salamon Kalou bagged a brace against Sochaux last night to continue his good form; but he still ended up being booed off the pitch thanks to his team-mates.
Former Chelsea forward Salamon Kalou has taken a little while to settle in but in recent months he has been in great form for French outfit Lille as they chase a place in the top three of Ligue 1. Since returning from the African Cup of Nations in February he has finally started to show some of the glimpses of his obvious talent banging in six goals in 10 appearances before last night’s fixture with Sochaux.
Now he can add a couple more goals to that tally as he made it eight in 11 with a brace in the tie at the Stade Metropole.
Both goals were pretty sweet. The first saw him cut in from the left hand side before hammering home a 25-yard right foot drive past the goalkeeper at the near-post while the second was a lovely swerve and pivot half-volley smashed past the helpless Simon Pouplin once again.
You can see both his goals below.
For Kalou his upturn in form could not have come at a better time on both an individual and club basis as the race for the third placed finish heats up between Lille and rivals Lyon, St Etienne and outsiders Nice.
So when Marko Basa headed home to make it 3-0 against the relegation threatened side it all seemed over.
However you should never discount the desperation of a team in the relegation dogfight and with survival at stake a late surge from the Eastern side saw them claw back what seemed a consolation goal from Cedric Kante in the 79th minute; but nobody told Vincent Noguiera that this game was over. He grabbed a quick-fire brace of his own in the 84th and 86th minute as Lille completed their defensive capitulation and left Kalou wondering why he even bothered in the first place.
Recently the Ivorian expressed a genuine desire to return to the Premier League and although he never truly got his chance to shine with Chelsea based on his current form there should be plenty of Premier League teams ready to take him off Lille’s hands if the club is forced into a sale by their financial limitations.
What do you make of Kalou’s recent form?