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Ligue 1: Elye Wahi, (much) awaited return to Montpellier

2023-12-07T21:06:49.520Z

Highlights: Ligue 1: Elye Wahi, (much) awaited return to Montpellier. RC Lens centre-forward makes his return to La Paillade this Friday evening (21 p.m.), in the opening match of the 15th matchday of Ligue 1. "It's going to feel weird. I hope it will be a great meeting. I also hope to win because now I've moved to the other side, but I'll be happy to see everyone back," he said.


The RC Lens centre-forward makes his return to La Paillade this Friday evening (21 p.m.), in the opening match of the 15th matchday of Ligue 1.


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When you're on the pitch, there are no friends," Maxime Estève said of the return of 20-year-old Elye Wahi to the Stade de la Mosson on Friday night (21 p.m.), in the opening match of the 15th matchday of Ligue 1.

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He added: "Afterwards, we'll talk at the end of the game and so on. But for ninety minutes, it's not going to be my buddy. We'll see at the end of the game. But it's nice to see him again anyway (smiles)." If the Montpellier defender spoke about the French centre-forward, it is because he will (certainly) be the attraction of the match between Montpellier Hérault SC and Racing Club de Lens.

The emotion is going to be very strong.

Elye Wahi

The main reason? Transferred last summer for €35 million - including bonuses - the Espoirs international striker returns for the first time to La Paillade, where he was trained, where he revealed himself at the top level with a remarkable 2022-2023 campaign, concluded with 19 goals to his name. So it's (logically) a special match for him. "It's going to feel weird. I'm looking forward to this match. I hope it will be a great meeting. I also hope to win because now I've moved to the other side, but I'll be happy to see everyone back in Montpellier. The emotion is going to be very strong. MHSC is a club that is dear to me and it always will be, no matter what," he told MHSC's official website this week.

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And one thing is certain. Wahi has no intention of giving any gifts to his former partners. "At the end of the match, I'll have plenty of time to greet everyone, but once I'm on the pitch, I'll have to give my all for Racing Club de Lens, and do my duty by giving everything for my team," he said. The people of Hérault have been warned.

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A mixed start to the season

But if Elye Wahi is so eagerly awaited this Friday night, it is also because he must (finally) launch his season in Ligue 1. He has, certainly, distinguished himself in the Champions League, with among others a performance and a decisive goal against Arsenal (2-1), but in the league of France, for the moment, his performances are disappointing. Or at least, far from expectations. Indeed, in ten matches played in the French top flight under the colours of the Sang et Or, he has only found the net twice. Not enough for a player for whom the Lens directors did not hesitate to take out the chequebook, making the biggest investment in their history.

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It wasn't easy for me at first; I'm not going to say otherwise, but you have to work to acclimatise and that's what I tried to do. Adapting to a new club, a new context or a new tactical scheme sometimes takes a bit of time, as was the case for me, but I feel better and better and I'm very happy," he admitted. He added that he must "keep scoring to bring the maximum" to his team.

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I'm expecting a tough game.

Elye Wahi

But it won't be easy this Friday night. The centre-forward, who will turn 21 next January, is well aware of this. "I'm expecting a tough game, like all league games, but maybe even more so here; Athletically first and of course emotionally, even if I'll have to put that aside once the kick-off has been given. I'm sure that Lens will do everything to bring back the three points from this match and that Montpellier will not let it happen, so it promises to be an attractive match," he predicts. Will the meeting prove him right?

Source: lefigaro

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