He is quite simply the most decisive player in Ligue 1 after three rounds! With now three goals and two assists to his name, Takumi Minamino confirms that he is a man with a very good start to the Monegasque season. Named MVP against Strasbourg in the Rouge et Blanc‘s first win at the Stade Louis-II (a 3-0 victory), thanks to a double and a fine assist for Wissam Ben Yedder, the Japanese international did the same against Nantes.
La recette pour un but du break réussi :
Une récupération haute ⚔️
Une galette de Caio 🤤
Une tête décroisée de @takumina0116 💥
𝗥𝗲́𝗴𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘇-𝘃𝗼𝘂𝘀 👨🍳👇 pic.twitter.com/HPjpLS16Bd
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) August 21, 2023
A copy-paste of his goal against Strasbourg
In a match where Adi Hütter’s men had started poorly, being behind 2-0 from the 15th minute of play, the Monegasque number 18 did not give up. On the contrary, it is he who would revive hope for AS Monaco shortly before the half hour mark, on a copy-paste of his second goal against the Alsatians a week earlier. On a ball recovered by Caio Henrique in the hosts’ penalty area, the Brazilian delivered a perfeect ball for a header by Taki ‘, clinical from six meters (2-1, 27’)!
Taki’ draws level with a certain… Radamel Falcao !
Involved in five goals after three days in Ligue 1 (3 goals, 2 assists), he is the first Monegasque player to achieve such a performance in the top flight since Opta analyzed him in 2006-2007 (Falcao also had 5 in 2017-2018). But beyond another goal, the Japanese international shone in the opposing half overall, with three shots attempted, six touches in the opposing area and eight passes in the final third against FC Nantes, including two passes before a shot.
🇧🇷 Caio 👉 Taki 🇯🇵🔥
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐨𝐧 🤝 pic.twitter.com/vYmrGtHMEX
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) August 28, 2023
Another place in the L’Équipe team of the week
With six duels won, three tackles attempted (all successful) and eight balls recovered, the man in form in the Monegasque side also contributed defensively, playing an almost perfect match. It is therefore not surprising to see him again named MVP of the match on the AS Monaco App with 78% of the votes from you, the Rouge et Blanc fans. He also again takes his place in l’Équipe‘s Ligue 1 Team of the Matchday.
(Very) good marks to start
We can also note that he is to date the highest rated player in the league on average over the first three games (7.33). He is joined by coach Adi Hütter who shares the lead in the coaching rankings with Luis Enrique and Will Still (6.33). As a team, AS Monaco also remains at the top of the team rankings (5.70) — a good omen for the future. Daghe Taki! 👏
[L'équipe type de la 3e journée de Ligue 1]
Première titularisation et première présence dans l'équipe type pour Kylian Mbappé, auteur d'un doublé contre Lens. Manuel Ugarte et Takumi Minamino signent par ailleurs une deuxième présence d'affilée. https://t.co/1UhCuPHz6Q pic.twitter.com/JHdB1eurWu
— L'ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) August 28, 2023
🏆 2023-2024 MVP Recap
- Ligue 1 – Matchday 1: Clermont Foot 2-4 AS Monaco: Wissam Ben Yedder (1)
- Ligue 1 – Matchday 2: AS Monaco 3-0 RC Strasbourg: Takumi Minamino (1)
- Ligue 1 – Matchday 3: FC Nantes 3-3 AS Monaco: Takumi Minamino (2)