Akor Adams. Its name may not mean much to you. But it's only a matter of time. Because since the start of the season, the Nigerian has been panicking the counters, establishing himself as the main offensive weapon of Montpellier Hérault SC. This Friday evening (9 p.m.), against Paris SG, at the opening of the 11th day of Ligue 1, the 23-year-old center forward with an impressive physique - 1 meter 90, 90 kilos! - could well come to the fore again. And continue the momentum.
Arriving at La Paillade this summer from the Norwegian championship (Lillestrøm SK) for a relatively small amount - €4.5 million -, Akor Adams did not take long to shine with his new team. During the first day of the championship, against Le Havre AC (2-2), he found the net...twice, allowing his team to obtain the point of the draw. The following week, against a faltering Olympique Lyonnais (1-4), he participated in Montpellier's great success by scoring at the end of regulation time.
After several weeks of scarcity, which corresponds to the period when the MHSC was less healthy, it regained its effectiveness. And how. With two goals, he was the great architect of Montpellier's victory on the pitch of FC Lorient (0-3). Then, last week, in the derby against Téfécé (3-0), he again found the fault twice. He now has a total of seven achievements - including three doubles! - in nine matches played, which allows him to occupy second place in the scorers' ranking, behind the untouchable Kylian Mbappé, whom he will face this Friday evening.
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This level of performance - and this ability to bounce back after more difficult weeks - the Nigerian owes in large part to his perseverance and his taste for effort. “He’s a worker. He’s a boy who likes to work, he has a worker’s mentality, he works in the gym, on the field… A generous boy. I read his articles, the boy is hungry, he must have learned all that in his country,” explained Michel Der Zakarian about him, at a press conference after the success against Toulouse.
Furthermore, the attacker under contract with the MHSC until June 2027 is not “selfish”. He has a sense of the collective. This is why, after his double in the derby, he did not fail to highlight the work of his teammates. “I salute the performance of the collective, the decisive passers, I did not achieve this double alone, nor the previous ones. Joris Chotard and Téji Savanier in particular. This is a very important victory for us. This week, we continued to work as a family, we stayed focused on the collective and we didn't look at what was happening around us. This is what explains the victory,” he said, in comments reported by France Bleu Hérault. This Friday evening, against Paris SG, its partners will try again to serve it in good conditions. Will he manage to materialize his opportunities to make a further impression? Response at the end of the evening.