Balogun and the penos, what a disaster!


By: Manu Tournoux

Folarin Balogun missed his third penalty of the season with ASM against Lens and his sixth in Ligue 1 since his arrival…

Folarin Balogun is a very good Ligue 1 striker and he has shown it since his time at Stade de Reims, with a little less success in the AS Monaco jersey. Perhaps the Englishman would be judged a little less harshly if he did not have this rather terrible propensity to miss penalties and, above all, to continue to take responsibility for taking them.

Sunday, during the Monegasque victory (2-3) in Lens, the former Arsenal player came close to the penalty area by missing his shot on goal in front of Brice Samba, before missing the mark in the wake of this attempt. This is not the first time, therefore, that Balogun has failed in this exercise. In Ligue 1, he has already missed 6 of his 10 attempts, with two failures in the same match against Nice, but also another failure to his credit in the Coupe de France against Rouen.

Fortunately for him, Folarin Balogun opened the scoring in the 19th minute of play, so that his copy was less mediocre. The former Rémois can also thank his teammate Takumi Minamino, author of a brilliant left-footed goal at the very end of the game.

This season Balogun has scored 5 goals in 18 Ligue 1 matches, after being recruited for 30 million euros by ASM.

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