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SEASON REVIEW: Mbappé, Ben Yedder & the top goalscorers

Publish on 01/05/2020 at 14:57 - I. HOLYMAN

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Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappé and Monaco's Wissam ben Yedder end the 2019-20 campaign locked at the top of the goalscorers' charts, LOSC Lille's Victor Osimhen had a storming debut season, while Neymar and Lyon's Moussa Dembélé were also among the goals.

Ligue1.com takes a look at the men who found the net with alarming regularity during the season.

 

The top scorers

 

Mbappé scored an astonishing league-high 33 times in just 29 league games in 2018-19, and though his 2019-20 campaign was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic and only stuttered into life due to early season injuries, he still produced the goods for PSG. A glut of ten goals in the space of eight league appearances gave the 21-year-old prodigy the platform to top the chart again, including a brace in the 4-0 defeat of arch-rivals Olympique de Marseille in the Round 11 Classique.

 

WATCH: Mbappé and PSG take Marseille apart



For Ben Yedder, he marked his return with a career Ligue 1-best, beating the 17 he netted for Toulouse FC in his final campaign in France before heading to Sevilla for three years. His return to the French top flight with Monaco proved one of the transfer window masterstrokes of the season as the dimnunitive 29-year-old forward showed he has lost none of his nose for goal, even earning a recall to the France set-up. His partnership with Islam Slimani — second in the assists chart with eight — was one of the major positives in a difficult season for the principality outfit.

 

Dembélé roaring, Neymar scoring

 

Only once before — in Celtic's treble-winning 2016/17 season — had Dembélé found the net more times in league competition. The former PSG youth academy forward is still only 23, but led the line for the seven-time French champions with increasing maturity, cementing his place in OL folklore with both goals in the 2-0 derby win against AS Saint-Étienne on Matchday 27.

 

WATCH: Dembélé the derby hero for Lyon

 

 

Say what you like about Neymar off the pitch, but on it, the PSG superstar continues to deliver. And how! Injury again restricted his appearances, but 13 goals in 15 top-flight games means he has now scored 47 times in 52 L1 matches for the nine-time French title winners. He also set up six goals, giving him the second-best assists tally in the PSG squad behind Angel Di Maria, the league leader with 14. It's the second time the Argentina international has topped the chart since arriving at the Parc des Princes in 2015.

 

Osimhen the super Super Eagle

 

Speaking of arrivals, Victor Osimhen made quite an entrance onto the Ligue 1 scene. After an impressive 2018/19 in Belgian football with Charleroi, the Nigeria international made the step up with ease netting four goals in his first three top-flight appearances, including both in the opening-day win over FC Nantes, on his way to a final tally of 13.

 

WATCH: Osimhen makes a scoring debut for Lille

 

 

 

FC Metz's Habib Diallo had scored one goal in 20 previous top-flight games — he had three in just 180 minutes of the 2019/20 campaign, going on to total 12, a remarkable feat in a struggling side. That tally was matched by Mauro Icardi, another Ligue 1 debutant, as the Argentina international forward helped form the quatre fantastiques at PSG.

 

Dolberg at the double

 

Kasper Dolberg was another summer 2019 import who paid off handsomely. The Denmark international's 11 L1 strikes played a key role in Nice's fifth-placed finish — their best so far under Patrick Vieira. His double against OIympique Lyonnais and AS Monaco, including his brilliantly deft matchwinner in the Round 28 Côte d'Azur thriller, were the highlights of a season that suggests there is a lot more to come from the 22-year-old former Ajax man.

 

WATCH: Dolberg doubles up in the derby with Monaco

 

 

Benedetto equalled Dolberg's mark, notably thanks to a maiden Ligue 1 hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Nîmes Olympique in Round 27. That triple lifted him above AS Saint-Étienne's ex-Nîmes man Denis Bouanga and Stade Rennais FC's Mbaye Niang, who both reached double figures.

 

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