Alassane Plea loves Thierry Henry so much he wears the number 14 shirt in tribute to his idol.
But it is his Borussia Monchengladbach strike partner who is currently earning comparisons with one of the most feared forwards of the 21st century.
And there was something very Henry-esque about the way Marcus Thuram fired Gladbach into the lead against Real Madrid in Tuesday’s thrilling Champions League clash, slamming home a lethal first-time finish while making it all look effortless.
Thuram Jr, the supremely gifted son of former France international Lillian, has been drifting inside from the left and roasting Bundesliga full-backs in typical Henry fashion for more than a year.
But scoring twice in a 2-2 draw with the 13-time European champions has announced a man, who was suffering relegation with Guingamp as recently as May 2019, on the biggest stage of all.
“Henry had the timing of the smartest footballers. He was also very strong physically. And technically he could do everything,” legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told Der Spiegel recently.
“In fact, there is a player in the Bundesliga who reminds me of him – Marcus Thuram from Borussia Monchengladbach.”
It has been one hell of a month for the former France U21 international.
October started with Arsene Wenger comparing him to arguably the Premier League’s finest forward and ended with a double against Real Madrid.
And as long as Thuram continues to strike fear into the heart of Europe’s biggest and brightest, reports linking him with clubs such as Liverpool will become far more frequent.