Alas­sane Plea fires Glad­bach into ti­tle con­tention

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Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach for­ward Alas­sane Plea ar­rived in the Bun­desliga this sea­son as the club’s rel­a­tively un­known record trans­fer but has quickly lived up to his price tag with eight goals in 11 league matches.

The 25-year-old French­man, who signed for 23 mil­lion eu­ros ($26.3 mil­lion), capped a mem­o­rable start to his first Bun­desliga sea­son with a France call-up and a brief sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ance against Uruguay on Tues­day.

Pow­er­ful Plea has quickly made a name for him­self, reg­is­ter­ing three as­sists as well as his eight goals in the Bun­desliga as Glad­bach lie in sec­ond place, four points off the top. He has scored an­other three goals in the Ger­man Cup.

With the Foals, un­beaten at home, host­ing strug­glers Hanover 96 on Sun­day, fans will be hop­ing Plea can keep on scor­ing to give lead­ers Borus­sia Dort­mund a run for their money.

“I’m very happy, I feel good in Ger­many. This call-up makes me very happy. It shows I’m on the right track, that I made the right choice,” he said be­fore his first ap­pear­ance for world cham­pi­ons France on Tues­day.

“It was hard at the start, but my team­mates have put me in the best pos­si­ble con­di­tions. It’s a league I like. In the Bun­desliga, the matches are very open, each team wants to score all the time.”

But his fine form for Glad­bach is no ac­ci­dent. The club has had an eye on the player since he was 18, mon­i­tor­ing his progress and seiz­ing their op­por­tu­nity in the close sea­son to sign him from Nice.

“We have known Alas­sane Plea for a very long time but un­til this sea­son now there was never the op­por­tu­nity to strike,” Glad­bach chief scout St­ef­fen Korell told the Rheinis­che Post News­pa­per.

“This is ex­actly the work we are do­ing. The prepa­ra­tion for the mo­ment when it will be pos­si­ble. Our phi­los­o­phy is to know a player as well and as long as pos­si­ble in or­der to be able to say he fits for Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach.”

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