Jeff Reine-Adelaide is finding his feet in front of goal in Ligue 1, with three goals and two assists in his last five games for Angers.
In his first full campaign for Angers, after leaving Arsenal last summer, Reine-Adelaide has had mixed success. He’s undoubtedly a talented dribbler, but until recently he had no consistency in his final ball, resulting in just one assist and zero goals in his first 25 matches for his new club.
That’s started to change though, as the 21-year-old has managed five goal-contributions in his last five games. He provided an assist in a two-goal comeback to draw against Montpellier, and he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Caen.
Most impressive was his performance against Arsenal’s recent Europa League opponents Rennes though, as he scored a brace and assisted a third in a 3-3 draw. You can see the goals at 1:27, 1:44 and 3:10 in the below video:
The winger has started earning praise in the media for his recent showings. Italian outlet AlfredoPedulla writes that he’s ‘an investment that is now bearing fruit’ and adds that his brace against Rennes was ‘the certification of his exponential growth’. They praise his strength on the ball and his unpredictable creativity in possession.
Reine-Adelaide needs to remain consistent though. He had plenty of eye-catching moments in North London too, but just as many games where he couldn’t make anything happen. Across all age groups, he scored four goals and assisted eight in 45 appearances for Arsenal, and none of those were for the first team.
We’ll see if he can keep this good form going. For the record, it’s unlikely Arsenal have a buyback clause in Reine-Adelaide’s contract either way, as France generally don’t allow that sort of thing.