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Monaco Sporting director claims the club will be able to ‘elevate’ Balogun

Monaco’s sporting director, Thiago Scuro, expresses his belief that the Ligue 1 club offers the ideal environment for Folarin Balogun to “elevate his game.”

Balogun made the move to Monaco in August, in a transfer that could potentially reach £34.4 million, as Arsenal decided to transfer the United States forward.

During an interview with Stats Perform at the Thinking Football Summit in Porto, Scuro emphasized his confidence in the compatibility between Balogun and Monaco.

“He’s a young and top-talented striker, who had a very strong season in Ligue 1 last season,” Scuro said.

“So he’s fully adapted to the league, and [we are] fully confident about what he can do in the league. Now it’s our job to help him reach the next level in his career, as he is recently an international for the US.

“He’s a young player with an Arsenal academy profile, which [means] he brings very, very good and strong skills with him.”

Balogun, who made his Monaco debut as a substitute in a 3-0 victory against Lens on Saturday, is poised to vie with Wissam Ben Yedder for a spot in the starting lineup.

“We are excited to have him on board competing now with Ben Yedder, who is a legend at the club and the top scorer,” Scuro added.

“Internal competition is one of the concepts that I truly believe [is key] for success.”

While on loan at Reims last season, Balogun scored 21 goals in 37 Ligue 1 matches. But in France’s top flight, only Kylian Mbappe (29), Alexandre Lacazette (27), and Jonathan David (24) recorded more goals.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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