Indispensable defender of Clermont (current 2nd in Ligue 2), Cédric Hountondji (27) should once again start Monday night during the clash against Grenoble (2-1 victory). Disembarking from Levski Sofia in the summer of 2019, the 27-year-old central defender has met the expectations placed on him. Observation of the matches confirms his technical mastery, his sense of anticipation and placement, most often in the axis of a two-man defense. In all competitions, he has totaled 34 tenure since the start of the season, his only absence being linked to a suspension for accumulation of yellow cards. Today, he is considered a pillar of the best defense in Ligue 2 (22 goals conceded)
Very attentive to recovery, Hountondji brings his professionalism, but also his sense of combat, which sticks to Clermont’s values. “Keep the same mindset, first of all. Continue to play, to listen carefully to the coach in training so that we can progress even more, be more efficient and regular. Knowing that the goal of the club, I think, this year, it is not the dams, it is the direct rise. We haven’t really talked about it yet, already because we don’t have access to the changing rooms yet, but we will do it quickly. Setting goals is important. “, Launched the Beninese international (10 caps) at the start of the season. Runner-up in the championship behind Troyes, Hountondji is getting closer each day to the rise in Ligue 1.
And the performances of the athletic and lanky (1.96 m, 92 kg) native of Toulouse did not go unnoticed. Revelation of the Ligue 2 season, the central defender, under contract until June 2023 with Clermont, should be one of the challenges of the next summer transfer window. This is particularly the case in Spain where Alavés has expressed its interest. The Ligue 1 market is also looking diligently at the performances of the Clermont-Ferrand. Angers, Saint-Étienne and other members of the French top 10 have directly or indirectly made it known that they are following the player.