Praised when he was the director of football for Olympique de Marseille, Pablo Longoria enjoys a much better reputation than Jacques-Henri Eyraud on the Canebière. Since his arrival at the club, the Spaniard often hits the mark when he signs a player. And today, local observers believe that OM have finally found the “grantatakan” so sought after since the start of the McCourt era in 2016. Arrived last winter after half a season spent without playing for Napoli , Arkadiusz Milik (27) is a delight for Marseille fans.
Scorer in his second match under his new colors (against Lens), the Polish international (59 caps, 15 goals) raised some questions, especially regarding his physical condition. Nearly five after his signing at OM, the former Ajax Amsterdam resident has put everyone in agreement. Author of 8 goals in 14 Ligue 1 matches, Milik offered a European Cup qualification to the Olympians last night. A better balance sheet than that posted by Dario Benedetto over the same period when he arrived in 2019 (6 achievements).
Milik is unanimous
“I’m just trying to show my best on the pitch. I will show what I am worth and it will be for others to judge if I am a good striker or not ”, declared the person recently at the microphone of Canal +. Well, for Provence, Milik is the much desired “grantakan”, ideally served by the 4-3-3 set up by Jorge Sampaoli last night. A performance that will however necessarily raise the question of the future of the Pole.
Probably qualified for the Europa League (OM have three points in advance and a goal average largely favorable to that of Lens), does Marseille have the means to avoid a resale of its striker, while a return to Italy is regularly mentioned? “We have control of Milik, he’s an OM player with a formula that would take me all day to explain. (…) There is no possibility that he will return to Naples. (…) In a market, there is always a possibility of playing for a major European club. There is no word given in the event of an offer from a large club. It is always a question of negotiations. The player’s intention is to extend to Marseille, where he is very happy ”, declared Pablo Longoria last April. And since yesterday, the Marseillais hope that their new president is telling the truth.