Nabil Fekir has jumped onto the radar of numerous Premier League clubs this season. The Mirror linked the 21-year-old attacker with a summer move to Arsenal, although stressed that the player would want game time for the Gunners, and when Lyon are ready to sell, Arsenal may not be the only team at the table.
This weekend, although the focus was on the return of Alexandre Lacazette, it was Fekir who had a hand in Lyon’s 1-0 win over FC Nantes. The official LFP site credits the forward with the winning goal, but his touch can barely be classed as a shot and the last touch came off defender Kian Hansen. It’s irrelevant to Lyon however, they didn’t play near their best, Lacazette looked rusty but they got the three points.
From now until the end of the season, Lyon’s only goal is to better Paris Saint-Germain’s results each week. Do that and they will be Ligue 1 champions. It’s never as easy as that, there will be twists and turns, but Sunday was a perfect example of getting the job done.
Nantes picked up six yellow cards at the Stade Gerland, which gives an example of the type of game plan Les Canaris adopted.
Fekir has struggled without his strike partner. He did link well with Clinton N’Jie to create the opening goal against PSG, but in the games against Lorient and Monaco, he didn’t quite get into his stride and struggled with the extra pressure of being the main attacking weapon.
This highlighted the areas in his game where he still needs to develop. He may be 21, but he is still a newcomer to first team football and that comes with flaws. In comparison, Lacazette has had four seasons to hone his skills, and now looks like the complete player.
Fekir didn’t dismiss the rumours when he was linked again with a move to London, but he was smart to suggest that he needs to be playing games at this stage of his development.
If he wants to grow as a player, moving to a bigger club and a bigger league is not the best move for him this summer. Another season is needed to iron out the kinks in his game. Come the summer of 2016, it will be hard to stop Fekir becoming a difference maker at a club like Arsenal.