Kakuta explodes at home

The Frenchman shines at Lens, from which he left for Chelsea more than 10 years ago. He is in the best eleven the first round for L'Equipe.


"At his age I have never seen a player of his talent" assured Carlo Ancelotti back in 2010. Who he was referring to was a very young Gael Kakuta, a great promise of French football who had arrived at Chelsea with a penalty included for both for this transfer. To the French, for breaking his contract and to the blues, for signing it. Both would end up acquitted by the CAS.

The Frenchman entered the well-known loan loop from Stamford Bridge, where the compliments came but did not curdle in the opportunities he accumulated. After a 10/11 with several games and a single goal, Chelsea's transfer carousel began with Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse, Lazio and Rayo Vallecano, where he gave the highest level as a star of Jémez in his best years in First division. Thus, Sevilla went for him for six million euros in the summer of 2015. His journey at Pizjuán did not last long, since in February 2016, Gael left for Chinese football leaving five million euros in cash and a balance poor: little football and a million euros in red.

After China he had two unsuccessful passes through Spain: Depor, yielded, and Rayo, bought, where he ended up facing part of the franjirroja fans for a bad gesture, for which he apologized. This second stage was far from the first, where the fans awarded him the award for best player of the season. Michel I de Vallecas, who gives its name to the award, was his coach on this journey where injuries and the desire to go out took him out of the star role. Jemez arrived and the Gaul did not appear too much. In the end, he forced and got his exit to Amiens for two million euros. A season of level and this, he gave again to Lens, where he lives his best season at 29 years old.

The player has returned home, where he never made his debut, to experience his best campaign under the command of Franck Haise, who according to France is the key man in this entire process. The Frenchman has some special treatment to bring out all his talent, for example, being exempt from pre-match training and lighter physical work.

Seven goals and four assists that put him in the best data of his career only comparable to the five goals and seven goals he scored at Rayo in 14/15 or his good 17/18 at Amiens, scoring six goals and giving another six. All, of course, in twice as many games as he has been this season.

The one from Lille has sneaked into the best eleven of L'Equipe in the middle of the season. Now, he will try to continue at the same level to enter the end in what is already the best season of his career. A child prodigy who just appeared.

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