Claude Puel recognises how much of a threat Alex Lacazette will be to his Leicester side on Monday night having given the striker his senior debut when the two were at Lyon.
The 27-year-old has been in impressive form this season, netting five goals in 10 appearances, and looks likely to lead the line again as Unai Emery’s players go in search of a tenth successive win.
Speaking ahead of the Foxes trip to the Emirates, Puel explained why he’s always rated Lacazette and how he had to blood him on the wing when he first came through the ranks of his boyhood club in 2010.
“He is a complete player with good transition with the ball and without the ball,” explained Puel. “He is always available for the team.
“He works all the time and he has kept his clinical edge and I am not surprised about his quality and his good work with Arsenal.
“He started with me. His first game at the beginning he was always a striker but to find a place and get game time in the team he started as a winger.
“He had always the same quality and was clinical in the box. He improves on his transition without the ball because at the beginning of his career his only focus was to score and not to work for the team.
“We developed him like a striker because he had all the ability to play in this position, but to start in the first division in France it was important to play him for his development and we had a lot of strikers, experienced players with quality, so to give him game time we played him as a winger.”
During the Interlull, Lacazette was nominated for the Premier League’s goal and player of the month gongs in September. He lost out to Daniel Sturridge and Eden Hazard respectively, but that doesn’t detract from how important he’s been for the Gunners so far this season.
Keep it up Alex.