Walid Azarou –The African Who Can’t Stop Scoring.
Walid Azarou might not be getting the coverage and adulations his European counterparts are adorned with, but Walid Azarou is one the finest on the continent.
His statistics in front of goal are mind-boggling. No striker in the last five years had come close to matching his current form in the Egyptian Premier League.
The Moroccan found the net a combined twenty times, sixteen of those being in the domestic championship. It is little wonder that the 22-year-old is the highest goal-poacher. However, that is not the strange thing about the attacker rather, it is how he’d plundered in twelve goals in the last ten consecutive games.
The closest man to towering that tall order is John Duku Antwi of Misr Lel Makasa but the Ghanaian trails behind Azarou by four on the goal chart.
It’s surprising how English Premier League, French Ligue one, and German Bundesliga sides have spent millions in the transfer without raiding Al Ahly of its main-man.
There is talk of Montpellier slapping a proposal but nothing has come of that rumour. Even if they had, their efforts would have been met with pocket of resistance from Chairman Mahmoud El Khatib.
63-year-old Katib, regarded one of the best African players in his heydays, turned down Saudi giants Al-Nassr’s lofty offer for the player’s services last month.
Nassr, 8-time Saudi League champions, offered Liberia’s Willian Jebor plush cash for Walid but fell short of tempting Ahly’s resolve.
Scouts will be on the lookout when Azarou represents Morocco in the Russia World Cup billed for June. His current over €1.8m euro valuation would have soared by then.
As lethal as he is with the ball to his feet, it is hard to believe that the Ait Melloul-born is only blossoming this year having joined from Moroccan Botola side Difaa El Jadida in a reported €350,000 transfer.
It is eight games until the end of the current presentation-sponsored Egyptian Premier League and the 22-year-old is expected to add to his recent goal tally. The Moroccan is highest scorer in North Africa.