Last season Alexandre Lacazette turned 27 goals in Ligue 1, helping Lyon finish second and it led to rumours linking the striker with moves to Liverpool, Arsenal and a whole host of other clubs. After signing a new deal and picking up some injuries at the start of the season, this campaign has been a disappoint.
However, the France striker now believes he is back to his best, signified by his two goals in the 5-1 win over EA Guingamp on Sunday night.
“I think we are seeing a good Lacazette at the moment, because the team is moving well,” the striker told reporters after the game – weirdly in the third-person. “He feels good in the team and with the coach and he hopes it will continue in the final sprint.”
Lacazette is hoping his form will win him a place in Didier Deschamps France squad for the 2016 European Championships this summer. The 24-year-old has scored 12 goals in 25 games this season and his recent form has helped Lyon win five of their last six games. Lacazette has scored three goals during that run, but it has been his overall play that looks improved.
Playing beside Maxwel Cornet and Rachid Ghezzal, Lyon are playing a quicker, free-flowing, more direct style and with the two young forwards playing down the win, Lacazette is the man linking it all together and looks a player re-born.
Interested clubs will be monitoring his situation closely. If Lacazette makes the France squad, it is likely that Lyon will increase what they want for the striker, but failure to make the team could see a Premier League club grab the 24-year-old at a knockdown price.
Time will tell this summer, but expect bids from the biggest English clubs this summer regardless.