Former Arsenal and Juventus striker Stephy Mavididi is now plying his trade in France with Montpellier, and he’s been in good form lately.
Arsenal academy striker Stephy Mavididi never quite broke through in North London, scoring bags of goals for the u23s but only making the bench for a couple of first-team games.
It was perhaps a little surprising to see Juventus coming in for him under those circumstances, and it was a similar story in Italy.
The forward was a regular for Juve’s B-team, but he only made a single appearance for the senior side.
Rarely selected for either club, Mavididi’s started to make a career for himself in France instead.
At first, Mavididi moved to Dijon on loan with an option to buy. But he fell out with the club hierarchy while he was there, and they decided not to activate the option.
That turned out to be good news for Arsenal, who were entitled to a cut of his transfer. He was eventually sold for a higher fee (€6.3m) to Montpellier.
Mavididi often played up front with Arsenal, but he’s moved out to the left for the majority of his appearances for Montpellier. He scored nine goals in his first campaign with the side, and he’s up to five goals and two assists this season.
That tally of seven goal contributions is the highest he’s hit by this point in a senior campaign, so he’s having his best season yet. It’s always good to know you’re making progress.
December has been going particularly well, with the 23-year-old scoring twice in three games – all wins.
It’s a little strange to think that Mavididi is still just 23 and in his second season at his sixth club (including the loans to Charlton Athletic and Preston North End).
Ideally, settling down at Montpellier will see him pushing on and reaching a new level.