Reported Liverpool target Aurélien Tchouaméni scored two wonderful long-range goals for AS Monaco on Friday evening. It’ll only increase the hype.
There is plenty of hype around Aurélien Tchouaméni right now and for good reason. The 22-year-old is having a second fantastic season for AS Monaco, having picked up the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award last time out.
That clearly wasn’t a fluke season – Tchouaméni looks like the outstanding prospect at defensive midfield right now. There’s a reason, after all, that Paul Pogba calls him ‘extraordinary’. But it’s not just defending that he can do.
Tchouaméni went into Friday’s game with Lille having scored just once in Ligue 1 this season. You have to wonder how, though, given his second and third goals of the campaign were wonderful.
Monaco broke down the right-hand side before finding Tchouaméni on the edge of the box. He shifted it onto his weaker foot before driving a powerful low shot into the far corner.
He wasn’t done there, however, as Tchouaméni topped his first goal with a sensational long-range strike to restore Monaco’s lead over Lille. What a hit it was.
With finishing like that, you’ve got to believe that Tchouaméni’s potential is far higher than just an elite defensive midfielder. We could be looking at the total package here – and that’s something that will raise eyebrows at Liverpool.
Liverpool like Aurélien Tchouaméni
The Times claim that Tchouaméni is on Liverpool’s shortlist this summer. The Reds want to inject some youth and talent into their midfield and they don’t come much better than the Frenchman.
We believe he’d add incredible depth to the squad as Fabinho’s long-term replacement. There’s always been a hangup, though – could he play with the Brazilian?
Seeing a finish like this tells us a resounding ‘yes’ and that Tchouaméni could be a player who ends up contributing at both ends of the pitch. It’s not often you find a young midfielder who wins tackles galore, picks up interceptions, is physically dominant and can finish from outside the box with his weaker foot.
Liverpool won’t find many better than this.