Alexandre Lacazette is not the most talkative man alive. At the pre-Olmypiacos press conference today, he looked like he’d rather be lying on a bed of nettles eating a wasp sandwich than talking to the assembled press.
He kept his answers to questions short and succinct, but did still have some interesting things to say. Not least his assertion that Bukayo Saka is the best young player in the Premier League this season.
With 10 assists in all competitions, and 3 goals, the 18 year has become the breakout star of this campaign, something the French international was happy to acknowledge.
Asked directly how he rated Saka – who provided the pass from which the striker scored the only goal in the 1-0 win in Greece last week – Lacazette said, “He is really good.
“I think he is maybe the best young player in the league. Like I say, he can improve in a few things but we can see the quality he has.
“And he’s humble, that’s the best thing for him. He’s really humble, he wants to work, he accepts the critiques because he wants to improve.”
Pressed on why he thinks Saka is the best, ahead of other promising youngsters like Mason Greenwood, the answer was to the point.
“Simple – his quality. He’s got a good left foot, and because he’s humble it’s easier for him to improve.”
Hard to argue.
And it was also hard for us not to headline this piece ‘Laca says Saka’s a cracker!’ but we resisted.