Shining in his first season in Ligue 1, Folarin Balogun has revealed the reasons that led him to join Stade de Reims last summer.
Last summer, Stade de Reims parted ways with their young striker Hugo Ekitike, who signed with PSG. The Reims team decided to take a chance on Arsenal‘s hopeful to replace him. Eight months after his arrival in Reims, the English U21 international has won everyone over. Folarin Balogun has scored 15 goals this season with Stade de Reims.
The Arsenal-trained striker plays a leading role in Reims‘ good season, with a streak of 16 unbeaten matches. Ahead of their match against OL this Sunday, the 21-year-old goalscorer spoke to Onze Mondial. Folarin Balogun took the opportunity to reveal the reasons that led him to join Stade de Reims last summer.
“I was talking to my agent and at the time, I had several different opportunities in England, Germany, and France. He showed me all the offers and gave me his opinion, and I also took my own opinion into account. I make my decisions alone, and I decided that France would be the best option for me. I knew it was going to be difficult and there were a lot of risks, but I have a lot of confidence in myself.
“When I make a decision and focus on it, there is no reason why it shouldn’t work.” Folarin Balogun made a wise choice in choosing Stade de Reims, as this loan allowed him to take a step forward in his young footballing career.
Stade of Reims : Folarin Balogun could stay in Reims
The performances of the English international have not gone unnoticed. Arsenal executives are reportedly very satisfied with his loan to Stade de Reims. According to information from the English newspaper The Times, the Gunners were supposed to make a decision about his future at the end of the season.
At the same time, Folarin Balogun reportedly does not wish to return to Arsenal to be Mikel Arteta‘s third option, as journalist Gary Jacob asserts. The striker could be loaned out again by the Gunners, and Stade de Reims could have a chance to keep him. The Reims club would have an advantage after Folarin Balogun‘s very good season.