William Gallas has urged everyone to give Alexandre Lacazette a couple of years to settle into the Premier League before judging him.
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Gallas, who’s played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, believes Lacazette could need time to bed into the Premier League since not only is he playing in a different country, he’s living in one too and needs time to settle.
“We have to give him time,” said Gallas.
“Sometimes it’s not easy to change country, you have to speak another language. It’s not easy to settle very quick. I know in football everything is about results so if he doesn’t score many goals people will judge him straight away. We have to give him two years to see what he can do.”
Lacazette scored 37 goals in 45 appearances last season and has consistently performed for Lyon in Ligue 1 over the last three years. However, Gallas is right. There’s no telling how he’ll do in England and while he’s got off to an excellent start by scoring within 15 minutes of his debut, when the ‘real’ football starts, it could be a different story.
Fans will find it a lot easier to bear with the 26-year-old than the media but that’s the nature of the beast. He’ll come good, whether that’s straight away, in a year, or, as Gallas suggests, two years.