The young striker has integrated perfectly into the RC Lens system and will be one of the players to watch this season. So much the better, the Red Devils really need weight in their offensive force.
After an excellent – second – season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem (50 games, 24 goals, 6 assists), Loïs Openda (22) has not decided to succeed at Club Brugge. No, he decided to step up and join RC Lens. The Sang et Or, accustomed to smelling the very good shots in recent years, did not hesitate to put nearly 10 million euros on him and beat their record for an incoming transfer.
Recruited to replace Arnaud Kalimuendo, Openda didn’t really need time to adapt. In a team that is running at full speed and which has a record of 17 points out of 21 in Ligue 1, the native of Liège has already become a must. Openda has indeed scored 4 goals in 7 appearances – 6 starts.
Aligned as a leading attacker, his profile completes that of Florian Sotoca, positioned just behind him. As this goal against Rennes (2-1 victory) shows, Sotoca can throw it deep. The danger does not stop there, and can come from anywhere, whether via Seko Fofana or the – very offensive – pistons characteristic of the game of Franck Haise, Machado, Frankowski or Cabot. Here is already the first role ofOpenda which makes him change dimension: to be the finisher of one of the most lively teams in Ligue 1.
🎙️ Franck Haise on Loïs Openda: « He’s getting stronger. »
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Then, the former Blauw en Zwart will most certainly take advantage of the attacking problems in the national team. With Lukaku and Origi experiencing physical problems again, Benteke who left for MLS, Batshuayi who is looking for rhythm in Turkey, accompanied by a Mertens in pre-retirement, Openda (3 selections, 1 goal) will have to seize his chance and will really have a role to play, whether soon in the League of Nations or next November!
Scorer for his first against Poland (6-1 demonstration) only 8 minutes after his rise to the game, Openda had almost put the cover back in the return match and would have relieved the Devils who suffered until the last moments. He only needs a first tenure. Automatisms will certainly come with time.