Christopher Nkunku showed his class for both of his goals on Bundesliga matchday 7 against VfL Bochum. In a 3-0 win for RBL, the attacking star scored the second with a fine, left-footed chip then wrapped things up with a lob with his right. His second brace in two games having scored twice and assisted once in the 6-0 win over Hertha BSC.
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Exceptional performances are the norm for Nkunku
Since moving to RB Leipzig from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2019 (mainly to create goals), Nkunku has continuously been developing at a very high level. “We have worked with Christo a lot,” Jesse March said before their Champions League group game against Club Brugge, which came between the Bundesliga matches against Bochum and Hertha. “I can only say that this young man has no weaknesses.” Nkunku then went and scored again against Brugge in a 2-1 defeat.
More than impressive is the fact that in the last few weeks, the 23-year-old has proved that his hat-trick against Manchester City in their Champions League opener was no fluke. In Europe’s premier competition only Ajax’s Sebastian Haller, who scored four on matchday one, has scored more than Nkunku. In the league, the only players with more goals than the Frenchman are Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Patrik Schick of Leverkusen and Taiwo Awoniyi of Union - all of whom are centre-forwards on paper, unlike Nkunku.
He worked to get back to full fitness
Last season, Nkunku scored seven goals, a total he has already surpassed by two. An ankle injury set him back in winter and he was out for more than a month. “I have to keep going,” he said in January after making his comeback. “I’m not at 100 percent yet but I’m working on it.”
Although Nkunku has cast aside any weaknesses he had, according to his coach, he is still exhibiting an almost unbelievable potential. “He is still young,” said Marsch recently. “But he wants much, much more. It is always nice as a coach when you speak to a player and he listens to what you are saying, then tries to implement it in his game. It’s a lot of fun working with Christo.”
This is just the beginning.
A reunion in Paris
After the international break, Nkunku and the team travel to SC Freiburg on 16th October before a reunion with his former club PSG three days later. Nkunku played in PSG colours starting from 2010 until his move to Leipzig, and made his way through the academy before making the leap to the first team (78 appearances from 2015). In that time he also played in the youth teams for France.
His former club would do well to be wary of Christo. Marsch is expecting more to come from his man: “I believe he has much more in him. This is just the beginning.”