LYON — Alexandré Lacazette scored his third consecutive league double in Lyon’s convincing 5-0 win away to Bordeaux on Sunday.
It was the club’s fourth consecutive victory and saw them move ahead of Paris Saint-Germain into second in Ligue 1. While the likes of Corentin Tolisso, Jordan Ferri and Nabil Fekir have all impressed for Hubert Fournier’s young, vibrant and largely homegrown side, Lacazette has been the undoubted star of the campaign.
Of Guadeloupean descent, Lacazette was born and raised in Lyon. He joined the youth academy of Olympique Lyonnais at the age of 12 after impressing for his local neighbourhood club ELCS Lyon and quickly established himself as a talent to look out for.
He was given his first-team debut in May 2010 after two strong campaigns with the B team. Just a couple of months later, he scored the winning goal as France defeated Spain in the final of the European Under-19 Championship in Caen.
By that point, he had already represented France at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 level and would add Under-20 and Under-21 caps to his collection over the next couple of years as he gradually established himself at club level.
He was given more opportunities to impress through the centre of the pitch and responded by notching 22 goals in all competitions, including 15 in Ligue 1.
At the start of the current season, the 23-year-old set himself the target of beating Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the title of Ligue 1 top scorer. He currently leads the scoring charts with 17 goals in 19 appearances, nine clear of the Swede.
With his five assists added in, he has provided a direct contribution to a goal every 77 minutes during the current campaign. It is little surprise that interest has arrived from abroad, most recently from Liverpool. It is easy to see why Liverpool might hold an interest in Lacazette.
He is swift and decisive in possession, quick across the ground, well-balanced on the turn and a clean finisher off of either foot.
Lyon’s fluid attacking setup gives him the necessary freedom of movement to seek out and take advantage of the weak spots in opposition defences. He is determined, and hard-working, and makes things difficult for his markers.
An intense competitor, Lacazette is quick, strong, a good dribbler and an accomplished finisher with either foot.
— ESPN FC