Barring an unlikely turnaround, Olympique de Marseille will record the signing of Cédric Bakambu in the hours to come.
Free since leaving China, the 30-year-old Congolese striker will become OM’s first recruit for the winter transfer window. A nice move made by Marseille President Pablo Longoria, while Lille, Nice or even Lyon and Sevilla FC were also in line to welcome Cédric Bakambu. With the former Sochalien, Olympique de Marseille will recruit a versatile center forward, capable of competing with Arkadiusz Milik but also of providing solutions on the sides of the Marseille attack. On paper, the arrival of Cédric Bakambu looks like a real nice operation on the part of the leaders of OM. However, the Congolese should not miss according to Jérôme Rothen, who expressed some doubts about the physical form of Bakambu after his freelance in China.
Bakambu will quickly have to be effective at OM
— Cedric Bakambu (@Bakambu17) January 8, 2022
“With Bakambu, Marseille shows its attractiveness. He is a player who exploded at Villarreal (47 goals in 105 games between 2015 and 2018) and we remember that FC Barcelona had thought about recruiting him. He made an impression in Spain. On the other hand, he spent three years in a championship which is not the best in the world. It is up to him to get used to a championship which is not easy for the attackers. The pressure is also special in Marseille for the scorers. People will wait for him to spin the meter. He hasn’t experienced that pressure yet, even though Villarreal is a very good club. He knows that he will have to make an impression immediately” warned Jérôme Rothen, who puts Cédric Bakambu in the know by letting him know that the pressure will be maximum in Marseille, a club where many attackers have broken their teeth. The latest in dates can testify to this, from Valère Germain to Kostas Mitroglou via Dario Benedetto.