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Did Téji Savanier Have His Best Season Yet?

Did Téji Savanier Have His Best Season Yet?

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Publish on 06/04 at 22:00 - E. RAZO

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Téji Savanier had an outstanding 2023-24 season with Montpellier HSC, breaking numerous passing records. He was the most involved midfielder in goals across Europe’s top five leagues and the most influential midfielder in Ligue 1.

Savanier was a standout performer in Ligue 1 this past season. His last game perfectly encapsulated his character—a moment of brilliance followed by a lapse in judgment that resulted in his eighth red card in France’s top flight.

 

Despite being Montpellier’s star player and captain, the 32-year-old playmaker shouldered more responsibility than ever for La Paillade this season. For the first time, he ended up as both the team’s top scorer (nine goals) and assist provider (six assists), showcasing what you could call a “Téji-dependency,” highlighting his crucial role as a reassuring guide for his teammates.

 

His impressive stats—four goals and two assists in just nine matches between mid-February and mid-April—played a significant part in steadying the team during a tense period. Thanks to his contributions, MHSC climbed from 15th to 12th place in the standings, securing an eight-point lead over the relegation zone, a far cry from their position just two months prior.

The most decisive Frenchman of Europe’s top five leagues

 

His knack for making decisive plays comes as second nature to him. Since his debut in 2018-19, Savanier has been directly involved in 84 goals in Ligue 1—46 goals and 38 assists—according to Opta. That’s at least four more than any other French midfielder across the top five European leagues during that period.

 

Savanier’s striking technique is precise and powerful, especially evident in his flawless record of 15 successful penalty kicks out of 15 attempts in his career, including seven out of seven in the 2023-24 season, setting a record. But his impact extends beyond penalties; creativity is his constant companion.

 

Since his ascent to France’s top flight (2018-19, totaling 169 matches), he’s delivered 300 final passes before shots, resulting in 37 goals. Only two players—Benjamin Bourigeaud and Dimitri Payet—have surpassed his tally during this period.

 

While he might not have claimed the top assist provider title this season—a feat he’s already accomplished in both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 in his career—Savanier did accumulate the highest number of second-to-last passes before a goal, totaling seven.

 

The most impactful midfielder in Ligue 1

 

This season, the player from Hérault has been on fire, showing no signs of slowing down. He’s the most impactful midfielder in Ligue 1. Out of MHSC’s 43 goals, he’s had a direct hand in 22 of them: scoring nine goals, providing six assists, and making seven pre-assists! Among all players, Savanier ranks fourth, right behind three strikers: Kylian Mbappé, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Jonathan David.

 

To achieve this, the Montpellier player set a new personal record with 91 passes leading to a shot—significantly more than last season’s 56. This accomplishment earned him the top spot in this category for the first time in Ligue 1. Previously, he finished second in 2018-19 with Nîmes and seventh in 2021-22 with MHSC.

 

Regarding creativity, he’s ninth among players who have created the most big chances (43) in the league over the past six seasons. His total this season is also up compared to 2022-23, marking a personal career high.

 

Signed with MHSC until 2026, Savanier has proven himself to be the most decisive midfielder in Ligue 1. He’s been directly involved in 15 goals in the championship for the third consecutive season. It’s no surprise he’s one of the most targeted players, having been fouled 80 times—the second-highest in the league.

Savanier is excellent at breaking through the lines!

 

Savanier, the first midfielder from MHSC to clinch the club’s top scorer title since Younes Belhanda 11 years ago, is also known for his exceptional vision on the field.

 

This season, he’s shown even greater precision in his risky passes compared to previous years. He’s made more line-breaking passes leading to shots (44) and more passes into the opponent’s box (323) than anyone else.

 

His presence in MHSC’s lineup is undeniably crucial. When he was suspended for the last two games, the club experienced a noticeable dip in performance, earning just one point in those matches.

 

It’s clear that Savanier’s leadership is valued at the Mosson, and his performance this season will surely be remembered as a standout achievement for the team captain.

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