Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who struggled at the beginning of the season, represents Olympique de Marseille’s lack of offensive flare. So much so that the supporters heckled the Gabonese striker during the match against Lille and showered him with jeers after he was replaced.
This season, three goals have been scored, just one of which has come from inside the league: not great numbers. On Saturday, during Matchday 11 of Ligue 1, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang—who has maintained a quiet profile since joining Olympique de Marseille in the summer transfer market—had another difficult match against Lille. To the jeers of the Stade Vélodrome crowd, he had to relinquish his position in the 77th minute. This was the first time the supporters had individually targeted the Gabonese player, who was chastised for his lack of effectiveness and contribution to the team’s performance. With experience playing for Dortmund, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Barcelona, “PEA” is anticipated to excel in this role, particularly considering his monthly salary of around 700,000 euros.
Despite OM’s massive investment, the balance sheet is unfavorable to the supporters, who dislike the 34-year-old striker who was uninspired in his choices when he wasn’t being exposed by Lille’s defense. With just three goals and as many assists, this match against LOSC was the final straw for many of them. A player must constantly cope with a difficult scenario, but as soon as the game was done, his coach offered him assistance.
“People expect him to score a goal a game” .
“He made a couple pass errors, but I don’t see any players having a lot of trouble. Given that his name is Aubameyang, we have higher expectations.Like everyone else, he makes errors, but he pays a price for his reputation and career.”Everyone anticipates him to score a goal every game,” Gennaro Gattuso said at the news conference.”Today, offensive errors were committed by all of us, and I don’t see any casual or lifeless players. I’m not very fond of the fact that we’re focusing on him too much. I, along with all my teammates, will go to the flames to protect him.”
There will be enough to comfort Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, particularly as his teammates, including captain Valentin Rongier, have also come together in support of him. “I think it’s very difficult for the fans.We are aware of how demanding people are in soccer these days. The team is the beneficiary of the whistles, not him. The midfielder in the mixed zone remarked, “He’s got a lot of experience, but we’re all here, and I hope it won’t affect him.”
These are crucial words of encouragement for OM as they prepare for a hectic few weeks in Ligue 1, which include matches against Lens, Strasbourg, Rennes, and Lyon in addition to three matches in the Europa League against AEK Athens, Ajax, and Brighton. The results of these games will decide the Phocaean club’s season, and their striker will definitely need to give them a wake-up call. The Panthers need to take charge and show decisiveness in front of goal, or else they risk incurring the wrath of the Velodrome once again.