Monaco welcomes another striker: Wissam Ben Yedder

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Wissam Ben Yedder is back to Ligue 1, as he signed with AS Monaco for €40M. The athlete, who has 4 caps for France and 1 goal, signs a contract of 5 years and he goes back to his native country, after 3 seasons in Sevilla.

Born in Sarcelles, France, Ben Yedder has Tunisian descent and he was a childhood friend of Riyad Mahrez. Quite a late bloomer in football, he started playing professional football when he was almost 20 in UJA Alfortville, in the French fourth division.

He attracted the attention of one of the teams from Ligue 1, Toulouse, signing a professional contract in 2010. It would take him almost 3 years to break into the first team, and Ben Yedder would go on to make 147 appearances for Toulouse, scoring 71 goals and making 22 assists.

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In the Summer of 2016, Ben Yedder signed with Sevilla FC for a reported fee of €9 million. He quickly became a fan favorite and one of La Liga’s most prolific goal scorers, with 138 matches played in the Andalusian team, including 70 goals and 22 assists. From those goals, 10 came from 14 Champions League matches and 8 in 8 games of Europa League.

It is fair to say that Ben Yedder is a man that rises to the occasion in the big stages and that is probably what Monaco expects him to do, although the team won’t play European football next season. Monaco finished almost relegated from Ligue 1 table last season, just 2 points away from the danger zone.

Two new forwards but still no defenders

Determined in coming back strong, Leonardo Jardim demanded signings and the board delivered. Yesterday Onyekuru was announced, from Everton, and now Ben Yedder completes what can be a very dangerous attack. It is still uncertain whether Falcao will leave, although the coach agreed he would like to keep counting on the Colombian.

On his way to Sevilla is Rony Lopes, as part of the deal for Ben Yedder. The price of €20M for the Portuguese winger lowers the value of Yedder’s purchase from Monaco.

Is this enough for Monaco to be prepared for Ligue 1 schedule, especially after having been beaten 0-3 by Lyon in the opening fixture? Or should their priority be reinforcing their backline instead, with Kamil Glik and Naldo being a tad too old?

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Jorge Costa is a freelance journalist, with a Masters Degree in Journalism and Communication, through the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He specializes in sports and soccer in particular.

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