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Rising star: Rémi Oudin

Publish on 25/04/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS

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With just two defeats in their last 19 games, Stade de Reims are flying high right now, and could cap their return to the top tier by securing a place in Europe...

The Champagne club's success has been founded on a tremendous team ethic, yet one individual is shining brighter than any other.

Reims's 22-year-old forward Rémi Oudin has enjoyed an electric start to life in Ligue 1 Conforoma, scoring 10 goals, and attracting the attentions of a host of top clubs. Not that the man with a hammer of a left foot is looking to steal the limelight.

Team player

"It's thanks to the team and the whole club that people are talking about me," he told the Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS. "So, I'd rather we focus on the whole team than just my own performances."

"He's a lad with good technique and a real eye for goal," enthused his coach David Guion. "He's got a knack of being in the right place at the right time, he's a real asset in the opposition box."

For Guion, Oudin's emergence is particularly satisfying. The former head of the Reims academy has witnessed the forward's development from a skinny 15-year-old to one of the most sought after talents in the league.

Flying the flag

"We’ve sort of come through the ranks together," the coach continued. "Whether that was with the U19s or the reserves. Now he's showing what he can do at the top level, it's great to see our academy being represented that way, he's flying the flag for the development team in Reims."

Oudin has been deadly coming in off the right flank and opening up his body to shoot with his left foot. His critics say his right foot isn't good enough, but the skilful No.18 has been working hard on that, and it showed in the Week 29 win over FC Nantes.

"There are areas to improve in, of course," said Oudin. "Physically, the technical aspect, I'm learning every day, and I've still got plenty to learn so I'm fully focused."

European ambition

Now the challenge for Reims will be holding onto their golden boy. Reports claim that OGC Nice have identified him as a replacement for Allan Saint-Maximin this summer, and they're not the only Ligue 1 Conforama side eyeing him up.

First though, Oudin is concentrating on getting Reims into Europe.

"I'm trying to focus on our game, on our team objectives, that's what's most important," he concluded. "I'll think about the future later. I've got good people around me who help me keep my feet on the ground so I'm very happy!"

 

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