The first thing a striker needs to do, is to put the ball in the back of the net. Other out-and-out strikers may have other abilities like passing, helping the defence out, and making other teammates look better with their link- up plays. It sent a shiver down the spine of many when the French giants came Knocking at the door of Stock City, in the second- tier, for the services of an underperforming Maxime Moting, who scored just 5 in the ‘Queen’s land’.
Thomas Tuchel used the fire extinguisher, reminding people of their time in Mainz, and emphasized on what a good option for a back-up striker he was, giving the fact that the games come thick and fast in the local and international scene.
Thomas Tuchel watched the 29-year-old score double figures (22) in their time in Mainz, and he did so in 81 games.
The goal-hunter has had the goal hunting him instead, managing to make the squad 15 times, starting 11: 2, substituted in :7, and watched from the cold bench 6 times, scoring 1 in the French Ligue 1. In other French domestic competitions the striker has managed 1 appearance in the ‘coupe de la ligue’, and another in the ‘coupe de France’ scoring ‘0’.
The Cameroon international was on the gaffers list again on Wednesday, against Strasbourg, but did not repay his managers trust.
The striker has found game time few and far between, and he’s supposed to be laying down a marker in such games. Choupo-Moting already looks like a man wanting out, and with him being one of those instrumental players at the level of the national team, it is fair to say he needs more game time with the 2019 AFCON around the corner.