Maybe the Premier League wasn’t the right place.
AS Monaco defeated Reims 3-0 in the fourth round of the 2023-24 French Ligue 1 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco, France, on Wednesday (Sept. 3) thanks to a Wilfried Singo opener and consecutive goals from Alexandre Golovin and Guillermo Maripan.
After the match, Takumi Minamino was the man to watch. Minamino assisted on Golovin’s goal in the 36th minute. It was a crisp pass that found Golovin in space.
With the assist, Minamino has now recorded an offensive point in four consecutive games since the start of the season: three goals and three assists in four games. After picking up an assist in the opener against Clermont, he exploded for two goals and an assist in a solo effort against Strasbourg. He followed that up with a goal in Nantes and added an assist in this match. AS Monaco are unbeaten in Ligue 1 with three wins and a draw thanks to Minamino’s performance.
After joining Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) in 2015, Minamino had a modest career. In the 2019-20 season, he formed a good partnership with Elling Holland (Manchester City) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), which attracted the attention of big clubs.
He then joined Liverpool in 2020 and was able to break into the Premier League. But the bar was high. He scored just 14 goals in 55 appearances for Liverpool. He couldn’t push aside the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. In 2021, he had a brief loan spell at Southampton.
He then moved to AS Monaco ahead of last season. His struggles at Liverpool continued. In 25 appearances, he scored just one goal 온라인바카라.
This season, however, he’s been on a roll. After four games, he already has three goals and three assists. He has adapted to the Ligue 1 perfectly. His form in the Premier League was all over the place.