President Jean-Michel Aulas rates the academy product highly, and coach Bruno Genesio sees Maolida as the understudy to first-choice striker Mariano Diaz. Icardi's stunning wife Wanda Nara leaves little to imagination on Instagram, Football fans could return to stadiums before Christmas in new Government plans, Harry Kane reveals all about Arsenal trial and tells Piers he'll never return, FA tricked 1966 World Cup winners into secretly parading fake trophy, JT denies Cole saying he called Ferdinand 'black c***' in 'moment of madness', ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. It had been another frustrating, anonymous cameo from the twenty year-old. A competent finisher, the Frenchman can also shoot from range. Diaz was signed from Real Madrid last summer to replace Arsenal-bound Alexandre Lacazette, and the Spaniard has found the net on 16 occasions so far. Testament to the Frenchman’s potential was the fact that OL tied him down to a new five-year contract in July 2017. In November that year, he scored his first senior goal in a 4-0 victory over Apollon Limassol in the Europa League, and went on to score his first league goal just three days later against current employers Nice. Born in France to Comorian parents, Maolida is a youth international for France. England Under-19s fail to make European Championship semi-finals. His work-rate leaves a little to be desired, and he isn’t the most physical or aggressive of players. NEWCASTLE reportedly failed in an attempt to sign teenage Lyon striker Myziane Maolida last month. A run of games at centre-forward or, failing that, on the left-wing, could help; but with competition from new signings Adam Ounas, Alexis Claude-Maurice and Kasper Dolberg, as well as improved contributions from fellow youngster Ignatius Ganago, he will have to fight for every scrap. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Myziane Maolida (born 14 February 1999) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for OGC Nice in Ligue 1.[1]. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Emblematic of everything that is good about Maolida is the goal he scored against Celtic for Lyon in a July 2017 friendly: a darting run behind the defence from the left hand side, dribbling and trickery to work the ball into a shooting position, and a tidy finish. Right now, he looks like a deer caught in the headlights. Lyon received a transfer fee of €10 million plus 30% from future transfer profits. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. His versatility is also an asset, as he is capable of playing anywhere in a front three. The 18-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in France after his breakthrough into the Ligue 1 … To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. And that was enough to persuade Rafa Benitez to make an approach, according to RMC. Myziane Maolida. Share. Although they were rebuffed last month, Newcastle remain interested in the forward. FEATURE | The mystery of Myziane Maolida – the struggles of Nice’s former record signing, once touted as a successor to Lacazette & Balotelli. Maolida himself had been seduced by Vieira’s project, and was seen by the club as a replacement for Mönchengladbach-bound Alassane Pléa, and the soon-to-depart Mario Balotelli. Having attracted the interest of many clubs following his first campaign at senior level, the forward left OL for Patrick Vieira’s Nice for a then club record €10m. Lyon, who rate him at around £4million, have him tied-down to a contract until 2022. Portrait. Maolida was promoted to the senior set-up last summer and has rewarded the faith shown in him by firing three goals in 15 games so far. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. He owes his unusual first name to his parents, who hail from the Indian Ocean island Comoros. 6 Myziane Maolida has scored 16 goals in 29 youth internationals for France Credit: Getty French Under-19 international has become one of the hottest talents in his homeland after bagging 16 goals in 29 matches for club and country. It may already be time for him to consider whether his future lies elsewhere. [4][5], Born in France to Comorian parents, Maolida is a youth international for France.[6]. He has bagged 16 goals in 29 matches for club and country. ... “His intrinsic qualities can be seen straight away, but as I often say to parents, the truth at 12 years old is not the same as at 18 or 19. Few however cut as demoralised a figure as Myziane Maolida. View our online Press Pack. SUN SIX is the new predictor game where you can win £1million - just by correctly picking the results of six games. Portrait. Just one month later, he made his senior team debut at 18, coming off the bench in a 4-0 home win against Strasbourg. Maolida is a France Under-19 international and has been capped from the Under-16s age group upwards. Highly-rated from a young age, it wasn’t until being scouted by Lyon at 15 that his career really began to take off. Just two weekends ago, Maolida had been given a golden opportunity to prove he was the man to get Nice out of their rut, earning a rare start in his preferred position of centre forward due to the absence of new record signing Kasper Dolberg. After 58 minutes he was off the pitch, with his performance being awarded a 2/10 in Nice–Matin, who labelled his outing as “atrocious” and his impact as “transparent”. For other inquiries, Contact Us. Prior to joining Nice, Maolida’s rise had followed a steady, upward trajectory. Otherwise this could prove to be yet another story of too much, too soon. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Benitez was desperately searching for a striker to help fire his side to safety. Whilst Maolida has shown few signs recently of living up to his potential, he is still just 20. In August 2018, Maolida signed with Ligue 1 side OGC Nice agreeing a five-year contract with a reported release clause of about €100 million. Patrick Vieira’s comments published in 20 Minutes, “I expect a lot more from some players”, seemed directed primarily at what had been a woeful showing from his attacker. Injuries stunted his development: a foot injury in mid-November saw him sidelined until mid-January, before being forced out of action with hamstring trouble in February. The 18-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in France after his breakthrough into the Ligue 1 side’s first team. He owes his unusual first name to his parents, who hail from the Indian Ocean island Comoros. Here is how to get your mitts on the million: Top pundits IAN WRIGHT and DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM have made their picks for this week if you need a steer. Born in Paris to Comorian parents, the striker began playing for local side Antony Sports in the southern suburbs of Paris at a very young age. With the whole team struggling, it is difficult to see an opportunity for the Frenchman to gain any personal momentum in the near future. Share. As a result of this disruption, it seems his form and confidence have nosedived. NEWCASTLE reportedly failed in an attempt to sign teenage Lyon striker Myziane Maolida last month. All of this was on display against Strasbourg in Nice’s final game in October. With the INEOS era heralding much initial promise, it seems many at the club are realising the severity of the crisis in which they find themselves. Myziane Maolida. Once touted as the next big thing in French football, and the heir apparent of Alexandre Lacazette, the Frenchman’s individual crisis of confidence is perhaps eclipsing that of his club. Lyon coach Rudi Garcia said his team had "turned the page" after captain Memphis Depay set up three goals in Sunday's 3-2 win at Strasbourg to claim their first victory since August. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Newcastle failed with a bid to sign Lyon starlet Myziane Maolida, Rafa Benitez wanted the teen to bolster his attacking force as Newcastle battle to avoid relegation, The 18-year-old is one of the most promising youngsters in France after hitting fine form with Lyon, Juventus ask Newport for Spurs dossier ahead of Champions League clash, Myziane Maolida has scored 16 goals in 29 youth internationals for France, The hotshot is rated at around £4million by the Ligue 1 club, Myziane Maolida is under contract at Lyon until 2022, Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle: Eagles spurn shed of chances in dropping points at home to fellow strugglers, And remember, you can claim a free £30 bet with Sun Bets when you sign up put a tenner on this weekend's football, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Between 2016 and 2018, he scored 13 times in 25 matches for Lyon’s reserves. What makes Maolida such an exciting proposition is his technicality. He made his Ligue 1 debut on 5 August 2017 in a 4–0 home win against Strasbourg. [2] He scored his first goal on 23 November 2017 in a 4–0 victory over Apollon Limassol in the UEFA Europa League. If there were any doubts over his potential, his €100m release clause emphasised just how prized an asset he was. He entered the field after 76 minutes for Mariano. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). He has since racked up a total of 9 goals in 18 games for Les Bleuets. [3] Three days later, he scored his first goal in Ligue 1 in a 5–0 away win against OGC Nice. An excellent dribbler with a terrific first touch, he’s at his best with the ball at his feet, taking on players directly, or using his pace to slice through opposition defences. However, the very nature of his game is one that requires confidence, which seems to be in short supply at the moment. Often more physical defences are able to nullify and frustrate him. After a quiet start to the season in a more defensive-minded side often playing with a back five, the youngster was unable to gather any real momentum, or string together a consistent run of games as a starter. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. tweet. Newcastle are currently one point above the Premier League relegation zone and have scored 24 times all season. Amassing 22 first-team appearances and scoring three goals by 19, it was clear that a new star was emerging. In an extremely goal-shy Nice side, Maolida failed to score in any of his 14 appearances in Ligue 1, netting just once in the Coupe de la Ligue. And remember, you can claim a free £30 bet with Sun Bets when you sign up put a tenner on this weekend's football here. Aug 3, 17:42. In his two starts and five appearances from the bench, Maolida has offered virtually nothing to Nice going forward so far this season. This, however, was when things started to stall for the youngster. PSG have not offered Sergio Ramos anything, Olivier Giroud has decided to leave Chelsea in January – Téléfoot, Mattéo Guendouzi eyes victory for the U21s at EURO 2021, FEATURE | Why Strasbourg have had a poor start to the season, PODCAST | The Get French Football News Show – Episode 230, St Étienne looking at January deal for Islam Slimani (Leicester City), PODCAST | The Get French Football News Show – Episode 229. The starlet came to the Toon chief’s attention through his scouting network. They did manage to bolster their forward line with the addition of Leicester ace Islam Slimani on loan. 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Versatile Maolida can operate on either wing as well as a central striker. Following Nice’s shock 3-2 defeat to struggling Ligue 2 outfit Le Mans in the Coupe de la Ligue last week, both players and staff looked despondent. Goals from Pierre Lees-Melou, Amine Gouiri and Myziane Maolida saw Nice ease to a 3-1 win over Saint Etienne, who have now lost three games in a row. His desire to keep the ball led to him to losing it in the build-up to the Alsatians’ goal, something which he continued to do throughout the match, losing most battles with the opposition defence and failing to put them under any pressure. After joining Les Gones, the youngster quickly rose through the club’s ranks, impressing for their U19 side domestically and in the 2016-17 UEFA Youth League. September 18, 2018. So far, he does not look like he can deal with the pressure of leading the line for Nice, especially when times are tough. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. ... “His intrinsic qualities can be seen straight away, but as I often say to parents, the truth at 12 years old is not the same as at 18 or 19. Maolida developed through the Lyon academy. tweet. September 18, 2018. During this time, the forward had also been impressing in the French youth setup: in 2015 he scored a brace against Morocco on his debut for the French U16s, and in 2018 he helped the France U19 squad reach the semi-finals of the Under-19 European Championships. Moreover, more limited areas of his playing style have been on show; Maolida can be selfish, and often comes back to pick up the ball to help in the build-up on occasions where his skill-set would be better suited to holding the line and making patient, incisive runs. 1Includes UEFA Europa League appearances. Following Nice’s shock 3-2 defeat to struggling Ligue 2 outfit Le Mans in the Coupe de la Ligue last week, both players and staff looked despondent. For a player who has made waves at youth level and accumulated over 40 caps for France’s youth sides, the raw talent is there, but needs to be nurtured to translate successfully into the senior game.