Teddy Teuma’s (30) excellent form with Union Saint Gilloise has translated perfectly to Ligue 1, with the Maltese currently one of the best-performing midfielders in the league. He brought his experience and scoring ability to add some spice to an already exciting Stade de Reims team under the guidance of Will Still.
Teddy Teuma has had a rather strange career, to say the least. Quite similar to English striker Jamie Vardy, Teuma started with French fourth and third division teams Hyeres FC and US Boulogne, before moving to Red Star FC in 2017, where he was limited to Ligue 2 at the age of 25. His profile caught the eye of then-Belgian second division club Union Saint Gilloise, who are looking to build a cheap but hungry team to push for promotion to the Jupiler Pro League. They were successful in part thanks to Teuma’s performance in the 20/21 season, in which he scored 5 goals and assisted 7 times for his teammates.
Teuma continues to play well in Belgium’s top division, regularly appearing among the best players in the tournament. But his final season at the club was his best, as Teuma scored 13 goals and provided 17 assists to help USG advance into the Europa League, while at the same time racing for the domestic title. This created curiosity for Reims and made them decide to immediately spend 4.6 million euros last summer to acquire the services of the Maltese midfielder. The French team is looking to bring a threat in attack and creativity to a midfield that is already assured of defensive capabilities.
And as expected, Teuma did just that. He scored goals from long range shots and free kicks with perfection, but also provided his teammates with exquisite passing ability and much-needed creativity. Teuma is also very steady when holding the ball, allowing other teammates to freely move in the space he creates. The midfielder has proven to be essential in setting up Will Still’s tactics, although his stamina appears to be gradually waning, often leading to the midfielder being substituted around an hour into the game. But despite not playing fully, Teuma is one of the team’s top goal contributors, along with Junya Ito, Marshall Munetsi and Mohamed Daramy, having scored four goals and assisted two this season. .
With both Munetsi and Ito participating in AFCON and AFC Asian Cup respectively, Teuma has a huge responsibility in maintaining the team’s creativity throughout January and February, before being able to help Reims qualify. attend Europe at the end of the season.
Dang Nguyen | 20:58 February 5, 2024