ONE TO WATCH: ANDRÉ-FRANK ZAMBO ANGUISSA
The 22-year-old Cameroonian midfielder is enjoying an excellent season for Olympique de Marseille, as they prepare to take on OL in the Olympico on Sunday.
Last Sunday’s game at Toulouse was like a home match for Marseille, with hordes of fans waiting to greet the team. Luiz Gustavo and Dimitri Payet got the biggest ovations, but Zambo Anguissa is also winning over the fans.
“He’s like (Lucas) Ocampos. Technically he’s limited but he fights for the whole game and that’s great to see,” said one of the numerous supporters who were asked by The Ligue 1 Show on beIN Sports for their opinion on the midfielder.
Anguissa was in the thick of the action at Toulouse, closing down opponents surging forward at every opportunity. It was his 21st start this term, a figure that is confirmation of the youngster’s progress.
“He’s one of the players who has improved the most since I joined Marseille. Technically and above all tactically he has really come on, and he has been important for us this season,” said team-mate Morgan Sanson.
Yet his early days at Marseille were tough. The Cameroon international joined from Stade de Reims in 2015, and after an uncertain start, he was quickly dubbed a flop by certain observers.”
When a kid arrives at Marseille out of nowhere, people are dubious. They want to know who he is, but I’ve never doubted myself,” said the man himself. “I hope I can keep on working hard, keep on progressing, and repay the people who have shown faith in me.”
Luiz Gustavo: ‘A big brother’
Garcia is one of those people. Impressed by Anguissa’s strength and athleticism, the Marseille coach has truly launched his career. Anguissa is also grateful for the support of his Brazilian midfield partner Luiz Gustavo.
“He’s a big brother to me, he talks to me and helps me a lot, both in training and in matches. Even when he’s not great himself, he’s always telling me to stay motivated. Every day he tells me I’ve got great potential. It’s up to me to prove him right.”
Taking after Yaya Touré
A big fan of Yaya Toure, Anguissa has a similarly musclar style, but unlike the Manchester City tyro, he hasn’t yet added goals to his game.”
I’m working on that in training. I score a lot of goals in training. I know that’s hard to believe but I do! I want to score my first goal, but it’ll come when it comes. You can’t just click your fingers, it comes when it comes. I’m just going to keep on working.”
Already on the radar of a host of Premier League clubs, Anguissa may well follow his hero to England one day, but Marseille have no intention of selling for now.
“I don’t know if I’ll go to the Premier League, Italy or Spain. For now I’m at Marseille, I feel good here and I’ll give everything for the club,” he said.