Elimane Ndiaye has had a disappointing start to the season. The Senegalese attacking midfielder has been recruited for €17m from Sheffield United, and is struggling to live up to the expectations placed on him. In his first five competitive matches in the Olympic jersey, the Rouen native provided just one assist. It was against Reims on the first day of the French League.
They certainly expected more from Elimane Ndiaye at the start of the season! Whether they are OM supporters, journalists or simple football watchers. Indeed, once a decent amount of money is invested in a player, the latter faces many expectations regarding his debut. Even under tremendous pressure. This is true of all clubs. This also applies to Marseille.
Go ask fellow Vitinha what he thinks! The young striker certainly won’t tell you otherwise. Last winter, the former Sporting Braga reached the title of the most expensive young player in the history of Marseille. The expectations around him were enormous. a result ? Two small goals in 14 Ligue 1 matches this season, the Portuguese has already scored the same number of goals in 3 Ligue 1 matches.
So, Ndiaye should not worry too much about his future. Like his fellow Portuguese striker, the Senegalese never stopped showing his love for Marseille. Moreover, he is willing to do anything to achieve success. Perhaps it will take some time, like his friend Vitinya. It was from this rule that Marcelino wanted to defend him, Thursday, in a press conference.
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On the eve of the match against FC Nantes, Marcelino wanted to discuss his student’s situation. “He’s an upcoming player, it’s his first experience at a big club, with high expectations. He wants to meet all those expectations, but it’s very difficult.” First explained by a Spanish technician.
Then the OM boss continued: “I can’t ask him to be at the top right away, it’s unfair. He needs patience, the patience of the fans and the journalists as well.” One thing is for sure, Elimane Ndiaye has tremendous confidence from Marcelino and his staff.
Maybe Olympian No. 29 will very quickly find his place on the field? Maybe this Friday in La Beaujoire?
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