Sparkling since the start of the season, the young striker Amine Gouiri confirms the hopes placed in him last year, and will still be the No. 1 offensive asset of the Aiglons against Olympique de Marseille, Sunday (8:45 p.m.) for the 3rd day of Ligue 1.
William Saliba was right: “Gouiri is one of the best players in Nice,” said the OM center-back, who played for OGCN last year. “He gets along well on offense with (Danish forward Kasper) Dolberg, we need to stay focused and leave him as little space as possible.”
Involved on the four goals in Lille (4-0), Amine Gouiri participated in the blasting of the defending French champion with a penalty and an assist. Revelation from the 2020-2021 season, his first in L1, and main ray of sunshine (17 goals and 7 assists in L1 and Europa League) of a rather gloomy exercise for the Aiglons, the international Espoirs (21 years old) is already on the right rails.
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Scorer in the genes, the native of Bourgoin-Jallieu, trained in Lyon, is not sated. And especially not a few hours away from receiving OM in a sold-out Allianz Riviera, he who scored in Marseille (3-2 loss) as on the return (3-0 victory) in front of empty stands last season.
The first steps this season of the Gouiri-Dolberg duo are already promising, in a new positioning within a team still in the midst of summer, but where the leg of Christophe Galtier and his staff is already being felt in the intensity, enthusiasm and the game in motion with or without the ball.
“Last year, Amine already had responsibilities and had assumed them,” said the technician from Nice after the success of his family in the North. Before appreciating: “He is a fine player technically and able to repeat efforts at high intensity. He must be more solid in his game and resist more loads ”.
If the duo has already worked well against the Mastiffs, Bleuet and Dolberg, semi-finalists at Euro-2020, still need to fine-tune their new proximity on the pitch and their links with the eccentric. The trip to Lille was, in fact, just the very first combination of the two forwards in the Nice 4-4-2.
“I had never played in this system but I already feel good about it. The coach masters it completely. We listen to him and we follow his instructions and his advice, ”said the young striker from Nice during the week.
“When he arrived, he explained to me that I would no longer play on the left but that I would turn around Kasper. He gives me more freedom and sometimes asks me to go down to touch the ball, to be between the lines and to have more activity. And I like it. ”
A change of perspective for him, who had put his bags in Nice as Dolberg’s understudy in the summer of 2020, during his transfer from Lyon (EUR 7 million). At the start of the confirmation season, Gouiri does not put more pressure on himself than usual. “I’m doing the job of my childhood dreams, I’m not going to doubt it now. I work hard every day to improve, ”said the striker who shook the net in all age groups.
Those who have known him for a long time describe him as a quiet force, that of the Eagle.