In an interview with Amazon Prime Video Sport Reims’ Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun spoke about the positive influence of former Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, and his encouragement given to the Englishman to make his move to Ligue 1:
“He’s a great player. When he was at Arsenal he would always help me progress and improve, teaching me techniques and giving me advice. I remember speaking to Lacazette and he kept on telling me : you need to go to Ligue 1, you will do well here. Maybe he should become my agent as well because he has a great knowledge of football!”
So far Balogun has been a key figure and is settling well both on and off the pitch for Stade de Reims. He’s scored five goals in six appearances for Oscar Garcia’s side since joining in early August and becomes part of Arsenal’s emerging loan strategy of focusing on sending players to Ligue 1 (Saliba, Tavares, Balogun) which may prove to be something that Premier League clubs consider going forward – the leagues are most common in style with the players’ stocks rising with every game.