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Why AS Monaco signed Wissam Ben Yedder

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Wissam Ben Yedder has made a surprising decision to sign for AS Monaco but it appears that the move could suit both parties.

Wissam Ben Yedder has decided to make a return to Ligue 1 after signing for AS Monaco from Seville. The Monegasque club paid the Spanish outfit 40 million Euros in a move that also saw Rony Lopes move the other way.

The transfer has completely changed things for AS Monaco who before this, were not able to secure any big-name signing.

Last winter, Monaco started making changes to the team. Thierry Henry was sacked, Leonardo Jardim returned, Benjamin Lecomte arrived from Montpellier, Ruben Aguilar replaced Djibril Sidibe, Fabregas was signed to complement the precocious young talent in Golovin.

Onyekuru was signed from Everton while Keita Balde is back from his loan spell. Radamel Falcao is still at the club after choosing not to leave this summer.

The Colombian and Wissam Ben Yedder could form quite a partnership if things work out the way Jardim hopes. Even though the team has lost the opening two games while conceding six goals, the arrival of Ben Yedder could be exactly what this team needs.

In three season with Seville, Ben Yedder’s status at the club always kept on changing. He scored 70 goals and provided 22 assists in 138 games and was equally good in Europe where he was always there and about when it came to being productive in the final third.

Not to mention that Wissam Ben Yedder scored a brace against Manchester United at Old Trafford a few years ago.

With one year left until Euro 2020, Ben Yedder is eager to play for France and this is why he decided to return to Ligue 1 where he might have a better chance to be given a look in.

Moreover, Ligue 1 is where Wissam Ben Yedder has been at his best. In 156 games between 2010 and 2016, he scored 63 goals and provided 20 assists. All this was done while playing for Toulouse who are rarely challenging for a top half finish.

At Monaco, despite the team’s current struggles, the Frenchman may end up getting a lot of support from an under-performing yet talented group of individuals.

And while this move also begs the question about the player’s desire, it is clear that Wissam Ben Yedder has a lot of steel. Joining a team that was always expected to struggle this season is a decision most top players hardly make.

The creative forward however, wants to prove himself under multiple circumstances and if he does what he does best, Wissam Ben Yedder would not only become a fan favorite at Stade Luis II, he would also become a player who deserves the chance to finally play for France.

Indeed, with Dimitri Payet not showcasing the form that he did a few years ago, there’s a spot present in the national team. It could be Ben Yedder’s.

However, only time will tell if the player made the right call by joining a team that is effectively swimming against the tide at the moment.