Rise!By: Richard | August 31st, 2012
Good fortune continues to shine on Marseille as we currently sit atop the league and finally make our entrance into the Europa League group stage. Doom and gloom was the forecast for this year, we didn’t know who would stay and who would leave. A new coach coming in who didn’t have quite the best records with his previous clubs frightened many fans. As it stands now, I couldn’t imagine there being any fan out there critical of Baup or the team in general. We have a perfect record domestically, recently beating Montpellier 1-0. Call this what you want a renaissance, incredibly good luck, whatever you can’t deny the fact that a one Andre Pierre Gignac has had a hand in all of this.
The striker’s self description of descending into hell was witnessed by all last season. The weight issues compounded by the nickname “Big Mac Gignac”, the drop in form, butting heads with Deschamps would have broken a lesser man. I honestly thought it was over for Andre at the Velodrome, during the summer he definitely would have been one of the first to leave. But he stayed ever resilient and with the thigh injury to Remy he was once again given the keys to the kingdom, one last chance to prove his worth. With two goals in two games, he certainly has put himself back into the spotlight as the man who was the top scorer in the 2008-09 season. Now I know Gignac still has his critics, 20 million euros commands a great deal of attention. But in all honestly Andre didn’t set this price and I think its unfair to criticize him on the price tag.
Now whether or not Gignac can maintain this form we just have to wait and see but he certainly looks and sounds quite confident. Claiming to have been injured and out of synch the past two years he recently came out and said “I owe the club a lot, the fans who had were been disappointed with me. But this is over. I am back with a vengeance.” Honestly I want to believe this, hopefully Andre will find the back of the net once again, and we can all continue to ride this wave of optimism. Imagine the sensation it would cause if Gignac ended up being the top scorer this yea? Besting the likes of Ibrahimovic, Aubameyang, Gomis and Lisando? Now more than ever we need all our players to pull their weight and than some. So far Andre has set the standard: forget last year this is now.
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