Scout Report – Amine Gouiri
Arsenal have expressed an interest in Amine Gouiri, who is currently on international duty playing for France in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. The Lyon striker’s performances have put several elite clubs on red alert but the Gunners are expecting to land Gouiri.
Gouiri is tied to a contract at Lyon until 2020, and he is expected to make his first-team breakthrough this term. Prying the starlet away from Lyon could prove to be tough especially after his scintillating displays in the ongoing U-17 World Cup. Arsene Wenger may already have Alexandre Lacazette but he is looking at boosting his options as the season progresses.
Gouiri embarked on his career with Lyon in 2014. He received an opportunity to train with the Lyon first-team two years later, and there has been no looking back for him ever since. Scouts from Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan are believed to be keeping an eye on him, making him one of the most sought-after young talents.
The forward has also represented France at Under-16 level. In fact, Gouiri equalled the all-time European Under-17 Championship final tournament goals record with 8 goals in 2017.
Style of Play
A technically gifted striker, Gouiri has the potential to hurt even the strongest of opposition defences with his incredible pace and finishing. He has already been likened to Karim Benzema, who is also a graduate of Lyon’s academy. Watching the teenager play is truly delightful. He has that raw energy about him which often helps set the best players apart.
His runs are well-timed, incisive and he is a goal-scoring machine. His current performances have proven that he is a reliable striker, with his unmatched pace and accuracy.
For a player who is making the headlines almost everyday with his blistering goals, the future seems bright. Arsenal’s interest is justifiable but they will be aware of the fact that Lyon may not be too willing to let go of their star prodigy. However, if the Gunners are willing to splash some cash, the French club could be tempted to agree to a deal.
If the move happens, the youngster will have to play as third fiddle to fellow countrymen Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud at Arsenal, which should be a good opportunity for him to learn. Furthermore, Wenger has developed and nurtured some of the biggest French talents, so Gouiri will definitely be in good hands.