OGC Nice: Amine Gouiri crushes everything in his path


Currently third in Ligue 1, OGC Nice is causing a sensation. The contribution of Christophe Galtier and summer recruits like Jean-Clair Todibo, Pablo Rosario, Justin Kluivert or even Andy Delort are good, but one constant remains compared to last season: Amine Gouiri. After a first full exercise in Ligue 1, the player trained at Olympique Lyonnais confirms all his talent. With a qualification for the Champions League as a highlight and why not the discovery of the France team, the 21-year-old player will already try to play a bad trick on his former club.

“Olympique Lyonnais informs of the transfer of Amine Gouiri to OGC Nice for an amount of 7 M€ to which may be added a 15% incentive on the capital gain of a possible future transfer. The club thanks Amine for his state of mind, his investment and his professionalism since he joined the Academy at the age of 13 and then the professional group in 2017, even if he would have liked him to accept a one-year loan, which he unfortunately refused. Olympique Lyonnais wishes him great success for the rest of his career at OGC Nice. here are a few lines that must surely have increased consultations with psychologists in the Lyon region. Blocked by Moussa Dembélé, Karl-Toko Ekambi or even Tino Kadewere, Amine Gouiri left the Rhone club for OGC Nice. A transfer estimated at 7 million euros which was a good move for the Aiglons as the young striker had shone in the different age groups. Top scorer of Euro U17 2017 with 8 achievements, Amine Gouiri is a guarantee of excellence since he has 42 goals in 59 caps with the different age groups of the French team from U16 to U21. It was therefore easy to imagine Nice making a very good move by betting on him and it did not fail.

The native of Bourgoin-Jallieu was quickly compared to another great talent trained by Les Gones: Karim Benzema. Succeeding in his first steps despite a team of Patrick Vieira which was stammering in the results, he was the light in the doldrums of the Aiglons for a long time last season. Quickly eliminated from the Europa League, the Riviera club had maintained a little hope thanks to its young scorer, author of 4 goals in 5 matches. In Ligue 1, there too Amine Gouiri had saved appearances. Starting the season with a bang with a double against Lens (2-1), he was able to acclimatize to a new role as a left winger and did not lose efficiency with this new role. Author of 12 goals and 7 offerings in 34 Ligue 1 matches, Amine Gouiri highlighted everything that was expected of him from an early age. Taking advantage of the XXL summer transfer window operated by the OGC Nice version Inéos and by the arrival of Christophe Galtier, Amine Gouiri found himself repositioned in the axis in a three-way competition with Kasper Dolberg and Andy Delort. Taking advantage of the latter’s late arrival, he initially distinguished himself in his duet with the Dane. With 4 goals and 2 offers in the first five games of the season, he allowed the Aiglons to take off.

The good management of Christophe Galtier

However, Christophe Galtier who clearly appreciates the profile of his player preferred to temper the enthusiasm: “I find that he is still far from the level when I see the France team playing and who the players are in his position. He still has a long way to go, but he puts all the chances on his side because he works a lot, he is very invested. It works before, during and after training. He has ambition, that’s good. He has personality, that’s great. Let him continue like this, but when we talk about the France team, there is a lot of competition. He is still far from it, he will need a few full seasons with European matches. Continuing to bring a lot to his people, Amine Gouiri passed a little more in the left lane against the slow incorporation of Justin Kluivert and Calvin Stengs, but also the rise of Andy Delort. Knowing a blow less well at the end of 2021, he could benefit from the support of his coach.

“He is a little worse. This is also the apprenticeship for a young player. Last year, he had a very good season and a very good start to the championship. After that it got a little complicated for different reasons. He is a player who has all my confidence and who has great strengths. He is in a more difficult period, as every player is at some point in the season. You have to accompany him, encourage him and, sometimes, give him a little bit of a screwdriver. then explained Christophe Galtier. Perfectly managed by the winning coach of the last Ligue 1 season, Amine Gouiri has since recovered well with 2 goals and 3 offerings in the last four Ligue 1 matches. Performances that allow him to have a solid record of 10 achievements and 7 offerings in 23 Ligue 1 games and to take Nice to third place in the championship, 1 point behind OM. Sixth top scorer in the championship tied with Ludovic Ajorque and behind Martin Terrier, Gaëtan Laborde, Kylian Mbappé, Jonathan David and Wissam Ben Yedder, Amine Gouiri is now in the big leagues and confirms that the great last season was nothing short of a great surprise.

And now the next…

Taking a place in the Champions League with Nice – which has a 4-point lead over Strasbourg, its closest pursuer – Amine Gouiri finds his former club this Saturday: Olympique Lyonnais. Revengeful, the 21-year-old will try to shine against the club that trained him and thus confirm his good form. Returning to the center, he is becoming the offensive leader of the Aiglons ahead of Kasper Dolberg and Andy Delort when the latter were supposed to supervise him. Always in proportion, Christophe Galtier does not hesitate to sting him when necessary, especially after a very successful match by Amine Gouiri against FC Metz (2-0, 1 goal and 1 offering): “Amine is once again decisive, it’s very good for him and for the team. He is a young player who needs to improve in consistency, but that obviously comes with the sequence of matches. He must be very demanding of himself. I insist on that every day with him. He listens and sometimes, like a youngster, he can irritate, but he corrects a lot of things in his game. […] His panenka? I think, and I haven’t told him yet, but he will learn that on a field like that, it’s very risky.

Nevertheless, on the right track and provoking the interest of other clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Amine Gouiri is also taking a leadership role with the selection of Espoirs. Author of two goals and two offerings in four matches played, he is one of the executives of Sylvain Ripoll’s team and has even already worn the captain’s armband. A rehearsal before going to the big ones? It’s a prospect that could take a beating if Amine Gouiri maintains this level of performance. In an offensive sector where Olivier Giroud has not been recalled by Didier Deschamps since the Euro and where Anthony Martial and Wissam Ben Yedder are struggling to respond, the idea of ​​seeing him wear the jersey of the Blues and much less absurd than last year. This will surely go through a convincing second part of the season with the Aiglons and performances in the Europa Cup next season. Given his dynamic and that of Nice, Amine Gouiri can legitimately dream big. The baby bird that has fallen from the nest has become an eagle and is about to hunt a Lyon.

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