Huddersfield Steve Mounié: ‘Now people know who I am”

Steve Mounié was, he was suited to the Premier League long before Huddersfield Town reached the same conclusion. Grew up in France after moving there from Benin as a four-year-old, the budding striker-Idol Didier Drogba and dreamt of emulating the ivory coast. So he was delighted when Huddersfield his talent and paid £recognised 11.5 m, a club-record fee to prise him from Montpellier in July.

At Selhurst Park Mounié and his new club to the Premier League in spectacular style, the striker producing two emphatic finishes to crown a triumphant individual and collective performance. “Now people know who I am. I could not imagine a better start. It is a large trust,” said Mounié, before his long-held admiration for Drogba – and also for Christian Benteke, Crystal Palace to the front, enjoyed the opening day of the season rather less than him.

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“My role model is Drogba,” says Mounié. “Sometimes I only have video clips of him that gates over here. I think I have a similar kind with him. I’m tall as he is. Benteke as well, who is a great striker. I must learn from you.”

“ What [Drogba] did here, is an inspiration for me. He is also African, and we have almost the same story. He was born in Africa and came to France and then to England. I will try to follow in his footsteps. He is a great player and person. I’ve never met him personally, but maybe I will in the future.”

Mounié has a long way to go, when he, following in the footsteps of a player who won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League in nine years in English football, but you can’t blame his ambition. And he has a head start on his hero, who was 24 when he moved from a Ligue 1 club, Marseille, Chelsea in the year 2004. Mounié 22.

At 6ft3in the Benin international is also a bit taller than Drogba, and he demonstrated his aerial power in scoring his first goal in the Premier League, an unstoppable header, Huddersfield 2-0 against Palace, according to Joel, the newly promoted team Ward ‘ s had given his own goal, a deserved lead. He also showed his aerial strength in defence, heading to do clear corners on the near post just like Drogba. And he confirmed his clinical shooting by firing into the net crown Huddersfield victory at the Palace threatened again in the game.

“For this year, he has to confirm and further steps, but we should not forget that he is 22, still very young, has a lot of space,” said David Wagner, the manager, whose many properties are sent, the ability to recruit. “The arrival of David Moss as a Huddersfield Director of football operations in the summer, the ability, and it was the former Celtic scouting experts, the first-mentioned Mounié Wagner.

“The good thing is that he is not only a scorer, he is also a very good character, open, like to learn and like to work,” says Wagner. “This, overall, can give you everything you need to get a proper striker in the Premier League.”

Huddersfield under Wagner, a real team, each player, the selected well and good on the manager is aligned with pleasantly bold approach. This was already clear from the way they played their way out of the championship and in the Selhurst Park, it meant that you went compared favorably with a Palace side that struggled to adapt to the style maintained by Frank de Boer, the newly appointed manager, whose first game was hardly that much worse.

Most of the tipsters make Huddersfield certainties for relegation but Wagner and his players are rightly confident that you will be able to confound the Prophets of doom in the last season. “I know that we have a real chance to stay on top,” says Wagner. “I knew this before this game. We are in the Premier League and we have a real chance and it is up to us what we do.”