Jonathan Clauss has ‘turned into David Beckham’ after being linked with a summer move to Premier League duo Everton and West Ham United, RC Lens teammate Gael Kakuta told RMC Sport.
It was a free-kick ‘Golden Balls’ himself would have been proud of.
Clauss has been building a reputation for himself as one of the finest technicians in Ligue 1 for a while now. But, during Lens’ 2-2 draw with Lorient before the September international break, he added a brand new string to his already impressive bow.
Stepping up and rattling in a brilliant free-kick from 25 yards, you would imagine that opposition defenders will be wary about giving away needless fouls against Clauss’ Lens side from now on.
Less ‘Bend it like Beckham’, more ‘Curve it like Clauss’.
Is Jonathan Clauss now one of Ligue 1’s most feared players?
“Jonathan, he turned into David Beckham? He activated Beckham mode,” quipped Kakuta, the former Chelsea wonderkid and one-time Newcastle target.
“(Set-pieces) have become one of our strengths.”
According to Homme du Match, Rafa Benitez’s Everton and David Moyes’ West Ham were keen on Clauss over the summer and with good reason.
The late-blooming right-back was named Ligue 1’s best outfield player for the whole of last season by the famously merciless L’Equipe, finishing ahead of the likes of Neymar, Memphis Depay and Kylian Mbappe in the final standings.
As far as Lens coach Franck Haise is concerned, it would be no surprise to see Clauss take the next step in his development and force his way into that star-studded French side ahead of next year’s Qatari World Cup.
“The choice belongs to Didier Deschamps. Jo has taken steps and he can still take more. I do not know where he will stop,” Haise told La Voix du Nord.
“He has improved on the defensive aspects. He has also progressed (going forward). A player who scores or who scores three, four, five, six goals is also an added value.”
A few more Beckham-esque dead balls and Deschamps will have a difficult decision to make.