children ugg former Barca boy Jordi Mboula ready for Monaco encore
EXCLUSIVEJordi Mboula looked around and saw nothing but space.
So he set off running. Nine seconds and some 70 metres later, the ball rolled into the back of the St Polten net.
It was quite the start, the 18 year old from Barcelonainstantly living up to his billing as the furture gem pinched from under their noses at the Camp Nou.
“I think I play to have fun and maybe that makes me score goals like this,” AS Monaco’s new crown prince toldGoal.
After all, it wasn’t the first time he’d earned a standing ovation. Six months ago, the teenager sent another video viral, slaloming his way through a couple of Dortmund youth team defenders before emphatically completing his run from the halfway line with a ferocious finish.
“I don’t only want to play well, but also put on a show,” smiles the youngster.
“I just did my job against St Polten. I found myself in a lot of space. I’m very confident with my pace. It was a great goal and thanks to social media it has been seen all over the world. “Monaco offer him an ideal environment to continue his progress,” said Vadim Vasilyev last month after activating a 3 million release clause.
Mboula agrees. “I came here because it’s a club that relies on young players and is getting the most of each of them, as we have seen,” he says.
“It was simply the sporting project offered here that captivated me and also the coach, Leonardo Jardim, who I have heard very good things about and he can get the most out of youngsters.”
Monaco had the youngest squad in the latter stages of last season’s UEFA Champions League, galloping to the semi finals with an average age of just 25.28, while for a time in their Round of 16 clash with Manchester City the starting XI’s average age wasjust 22.
And Mboula, who shunned the opportunity to line up alongside Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou and rejected the advances of some European giants, is ready to go to the next level with the reigning Ligue 1 champions.