Lille 1-0 Montpellier: Akor Adams fires blanks in La Paillade defeat

Lille 1-0 Montpellier: Akor Adams blanks in La Paillade defeat
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Super Eagles prospect Akor Adams failed to get on the scoresheet in Montpellier's defeat away to LOSC Lille in the Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Adams hit the ground running after transferring to the French top flight from Eliteserien club Lillestrøm in June. He scored a brace in his first match and by matchday three, he had three goals.

Akor Adams has now failed to score in La Paillade's last two games, both of which have ended in defeats (including the Lille tie).

Now, the once talked about striker is losing the momentum with which he started the new season.

Akor Adams taken off on the hour mark as Lille defeat Montpellier

Akor Adams was set to be the next Nigerian sensation in the French Ligue 1 thanks to his superb start to the 2023/24 season.

His two-minute brace against Le Havre to secure a 2-2 opening day draw broke a number of records in the league.

Many in the Nigeria football news scene believed he could even take up the mantle of Kylian Mbappe, who is set to move to Real Madrid next season. However, after a goal in their first win of the season away to Olympique Lyonnais on matchday 2, the former Nigeria national football team U-20 talent has now failed to find the back of the net.

Against LOSC Lille, he was a liability upfront that the manager had to take him off in the 61st minute as they searched for an equaliser following Yusuf Yazıcı's goal in the second minute for the hosts.

The decision did not pay off for Montpellier, either, and some fans have opined that Adams should have been left on the pitch because he remains a goal threat.

Montpellier now sit in 12th place on the Ligue 1 table after four games, having bagged four points from a possible 12. Akor Adams, however, is third on the list of goalscorers and will hope that he can finally get back to his best when La Paillade travel to Strasbourg after the September international break.

Nigerians in Ligue 1: Akor Adams blank, Moffi on the scoresheet

The French Ligue 1 is home to a number of Nigeria national football team stars asides Akor Adams.

OGC Nice is home to Terem Moffi, whose participation in the Super Eagles has been reduced thanks to the presence of Victor Osimhen and, of late, Taiwo Awoniyi who plays in the much more prominent Premier League.

Super Eagles second vice-captain Moses Simon is at Nantes and the winger is considered a wildcard in the French top flight thanks to his ability to pop up with surprisingly good performances.

All three players were involved in matchday 4 of the 2023/24 season.

Moffi is the only one who got on the scoresheet as Nice defeated Strasbourg, who Akor Adams will face with Montpellier at the resumption of the league on 17 September.

Moses Simon was taken off to help Nantes regain defensive stability after his teammate saw red in their 1-1 home draw with Olympique de Marseille.

Akor Adams and Terem Moffi may not make the Super Eagles squad for the upcoming international break but Simon will count the minutes he rested as fortuitous because he is certain to be on the next flight to Uyo from France.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago

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