the beautiful rise of Hugo Ekitike

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Hugo Ekitike (20 years old) is starting to take the lead in the capital. Loaned with option to buy last summer by the Stade de Reims, the young French striker arrived on the side of the Parc des Princes with full promises. But he quickly realized that the change in dimension was perhaps a little too abrupt. Barred by the magic trio Mbappé-Neymar-Messi, Hugo Ekitike has often had to settle for a few crumbs in recent months, being rarely established by Christophe Galtier. When he was, it was difficult for him to stand out and shine on the meadow. His performances were clearly insufficient and disappointing.

A reference match for Hugo Ekitike

While he had shown great things before the cut imposed by the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the break did not break his momentum, quite the contrary. Since the resumption, Ekitike can especially chain at the forefront, between the holidays of Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi, the suspension and the care of Neymar, but also the disappointments Pablo Sarabia and even Carlos Soler. Lined up again against Angers SCO (2-0) this Wednesday, Ekitike, credited with a 6.5 in our columns, may have delivered his best match on Parisian lands and confirmed that he is clearly gaining strength. lately. After having perfectly launched the PSG evening at the Parc des Princes, by victoriously taking over a cross from Nordi Mukiele at the near post (5th), the native of Reims displayed a very interesting face throughout the game, until his exit. in the 79th minute.

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We felt his right foot much less shaking against the bottom of the French championship, clearly resulting from an increasing confidence in him over the matches. This was also felt in his game, in his intentions and his more numerous risk-taking. We also observed a better understanding with the stars Messi and Neymar. His involvement in recovery, with heavy pressing on the Parc meadow, did not go unnoticed either, the fans of Paris SG having particularly applauded him for this. If he is not decisive passer on the second goal of the evening, signed Lionel Messi, Hugo Ekitike is still involved in the action, the Argentinian having relied on him to shift Nordi Mukiele on the right.

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“I play, I have confidence, I score and I continue”

“We played the game we needed, we took the 3 points, we are really satisfied with the victorydropped the number 44 of the reigning French champions, at the microphone of Canal + just after the final whistle, before confirming his momentum. I play, I have confidence, I score and I connect, nothing more to say. I have to continue like this, I’m especially happy that there is victory at the end and that we erase the Lens match a little (1-3 defeat, January 1, editor’s note). » An observation observed on the ground which is thus clearly felt in the speech of Hugo Ekitike, that Bernardoni deprived of the double in the second act (58th).

In any case, he is now involved in 6 goals in his last six games in all competitions (4 goals, 2 assists). Ekitike, who has still scored 3 goals on 6 shots on target since the start of the 2022-2023 season in Ligue 1, has, for the first time in his young career, found the net in three consecutive games. Proof that a milestone has been reached by the talented and promising youngster, a pure product of the Reims training center? The future, starting with a perilous trip to Rennes on Sunday (8:45 p.m.), will perhaps tell us.

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