When Montpellier HSC recruited Musa Al-Taamari (26 years old) last July, few could have expected him to create such a huge impact in the current context of Ligue 1.
However, the Jordanian has been making a difference in European football for several seasons, starting with signing for Cypriot giants APOEL Nicosia in 2018, arriving from the Jordanian club Shabab Al-Ordon. At that time, Al-Taamari was only 21 years old. Here, he made a total of 76 appearances over three seasons, scoring 13 goals and assisting 11 times, and attracted interest from Belgian club Oud-Heverlee Leuven.
In the Jupiler Pro League (Belgium national championship), this right winger continues to transform himself as a dynamic striker, increasingly confident in holding the ball to provoke the opponent and create space in the final third of the field. . In his final year at the club, Al-Taamari reached new heights as an attacking threat, averaging 4.38 key passes and 2.44 dribbles. success every 90 minutes. His great creativity led Montpellier to sign him when his contract with Leuven ended.
For Al-Taamari, life in Ligue 1 has started in the best possible way, as he scored three goals in his first three matches at his new club, most notably a brace in a 4- 1 against Olympique Lyonnais. French fans had a new feeling watching the Jordanian dribble, as he combined boldness and explosive movement across the field to constantly endanger opponents down the right flank. in Michel Der Zakarian’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Musa’s role as an inverted winger provides the perfect balance to Arnaud Nordin’s traditional winger play on the opposite side, combined with Akor Adams. The Nigerian striker is the best individual finisher in this trio, and is also a teammate with whom Al-Taamari quickly created an extremely good relationship on the field. Only Wissam Ben Yedder and Kylian Mbappe have scored more goals than Adams this season, and the Nigerian striker should thank Al-Taamari for his creativity.
The Jordanian star currently has 3 goals and 3 assists after 16 appearances this season. Although his scoring output has dipped after the first exciting matches, Al-Taamari’s determination to unbalance the opposition’s defence, creating space for teammates to cut inside, remains unmatched. an invaluable asset to Montpellier’s attacks.
At this year’s Asian Cup, the midfielder playing in France is also the Jordan nationality player who is valued the team’s highest by Transfermarkt (6 million euros). And he also turned it into value on the field to bring his national team to the semi-finals against South Korea tonight.
When this year’s Ligue 1 ends, his contract will certainly be remembered as one of the wisest deals of the season.
Dang Nguyen | 10:02 February 6, 2024