This season has been a renaissance year for former Arsenal youth team prospect Jeremie Aliadiere. Signed by the Gunners in 1999 from the famed Clairefontaine academy he quickly became one of the youth teams hottest talents.
Banging in the goals in the FA Youth Cup he soon began to make an impact on the first-team; especially in the League Cup.
Unfortunately Arsenal had some pretty decent forwards at the club during the Frenchman’s time at the club; the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry would be difficult to usurp for the best of striking talents.
On top of that injury was a cruel friend of the player and after he struggled to make an impact on several loan spells a three-year stint at Middlesbrough showed flashes of his talent. But injury was again present and he left in 2010.
During the next year Aliadiere rehabilitated himself physically and mentally before former manager Arsene Wenger helped secure him a move to Lorient in 2011.
A solid first season followed but this year has been tremendous. Aliadiere has bagged a personal record 19 goals in 34 appearances for the club this season and was in the top ten lists for both goals and assists.
Such form has seen calls from French media to see the seven times French under-21 international get his first call-up to the full squad; and also attracted transfer interest.
Lyon and Lille have been mentioned but Marseille seem to be the front-runners for his signature.
The Aliadiere interest from the Stade Velodrome should be good news for Tottenham fans; as the French pursuit of Leandro Damiao appears to be over for good.
The Brazilian has long been heralded as a marquee target for l’OM but with recent assertions over his price-tag that interest seemed to dim.
Now the news that Marseille are directing their interest elsewhere should hopefully give Spurs even more hope of having a straight line of attack in their pursuit of Damiao.
Marseille see Aliadiere as the perfect replacement for Loic Remy; and with Romain Alessandrini and Dimitri Payet also being heavily linked with a move to the Stade Velodrome it would appear that they see Aliadiere as a striking option, rather than a winger.
Marseille also do not have the money to pursue these three signings on top of the apparent Joey Barton deal and a Damiao move.
It appears then that Marseille have officially given up on Damiao as the pursuit of Aliadiere kicks into extra gear.
So with the resurrection and transfer interest of an Arsenal flop comes the hope of a big signing for their North London rivals.
What do you make of Aliadiere’s recent career? Is Damiao now easy pickings for Spurs?
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