Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wenger trialist Mputu hailed as the new Eto'o. Watch him on video
By 1970’s Gooner
Tresor Mputu’s performances were so impressive for his club TP Mazembe and for his country DR Congo that a host of local and foreign clubs have been very keen to sign him.
The list includes Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns and also three Belgian teams as well as Bayern Munich.
Mputu, 21, has reportedly already had trials in France and Belgium.
This must have alerted Arsene Wenger who apparently has been tracking the African for some time. And move fast he had.
So fast that, as Mputu’s agent announced, the player is arriving in London to begin trials with Arsenal on Monday November 19th.
“There is a 70 percent chance that he could sign but Arsenal still want to look at him before making final arrangements,”
“He is one of the most talented players to come out of Africa in the past two years and his performance in the African Champions league is there for all to see, he told Kick Off Magazine.
The pint-sized but highly skilful forward currently tops the Caf Champions League goalscoring table with 11 goals to his name.
Mputu is expected to make his mark for DR Congo in the upcoming African Nations Cup and Wenger, a shrewd transfer dealer, would obviously like to get his man before he bursts on the scene and his value sky rockets.
His price is placed at the moment at £500,000 which is just about right for Wenger!
Former Congo coach Claude Le Roy described Mputu as better than Samuel Eto'o!
Le Roy famously picked Eto’o for Cameroon for the 1998FIFA World Cup in France as a 17 year-old. If he is right then Wenger has unearthed another gem.
As you can see from the videos we have assembled Tresor is a cool finisher in front of goal.
He is also blessed with pace and good technique which is of course a sine qua non for any player if he is to be given half a chance of making it through the London Colney doors.
He can also kick where it hurts!
Tresor Mabi Mputu Fact File
Date of Birth: 10 December 1985
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Playing position: Striker
Current club: TP Mazembe
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