- Jean-Pierre Nsame named Swiss championship Player of the Year for final two seasons
- The continuously bettering Cameroonian has scored 33 objectives in 38 matches in 2020
- He hopes to be judged on his performances and eventually get his probability with the Indomitable Lions
Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku and Ciro Immobile are the one gamers in the world to have scored greater than him in 2020. Suffice to say then that Jean-Pierre Nsame – with 33 objectives over the last calendar yr – is on the prime of his game.
Since arriving in Switzerland in 2016, the Cameroon striker has been steadily bettering. A maiden season there with second-division facet Servette produced 23 objectives in 31 appearances, paving the best way for a 2017 transfer to BSC Young Boys. Nsame took the step-up in his stride, hitting the goal 15 occasions in his first season, 16 in his second, then 41 occasions in 2019/20.
You could possibly be tempted to relaxation in your laurels with stats like that, however the participant himself is having none of it: “I’ve been progressing ever since I came here, but I still don’t feel like I’m at 100 per cent. I’m only 27 so it would be sad to think I’d already peaked,” he tells FIFA.com.
That doesn’t look like the case, with the striker having racked up one other 20 objectives in 31 video games to date this season. “It’s the result of all the work done by the club that developed me, the various loan spells I’ve had, and the different coaches I’ve worked under. They’ve all given me something, and today I’m definitely reaping the fruits of all those years of work. I feel very comfortable at present and also have more experience, which allows me to better envisage my future and to know the aspects of my game I still need to improve to be even better. It’s a motivation.”
Inspiration, development, motivation
He has definitely been near his greatest in Switzerland, the place he was named Player of the Year in the Swiss Super League for the final two seasons. Now the entire striker, Nsame is aware of the qualities which have enabled him to achieve this degree.
“I’ve improved year on year to become a good finisher inside the box, to have confidence in my technique, as well as to move around effectively,” he says, conscious that his imposing physique (1.88m) can also be an benefit. “I hold my own pretty well with defenders and am not afraid to go up against them. I’m also capable of making forward runs and producing repeated bursts of high-intensity running. On the mental side, I think I’m good at staying focused for the entirety of matches, continually waiting for the ideal situation, anticipating and intuiting the play,” he explains, including that he honed these qualities by working together with his former staff-mate Guillaume Hoarau, a former France worldwide.
And it’s one other Tricolore striker who’s inspiring him to enhance much more. “I can progress in every area, like being even more efficient with my finishing in the area and more involved in the build-up play. Moreover, I watch Karim Benzema a lot for the way he participates in games, like being a focal point for breaks or clearances due to his technical precision,” says the Cameroonian. “I want to develop further to beef up my game, something I’m still capable of. That period between the ages of 27 and 31 or 32 is when you feel most comfortable, where you manage things better and know exactly where to push.”
This quest for perfection has made Nsame Cameroon’s prime scorer for a number of seasons now. But regardless of his effectiveness, the Angers graduate remains to be ready to get an actual probability together with his nationwide staff. “I did enough to warrant being in the squad for CAN 2019, as I was Cameroon’s top scorer in Europe at the time,” he remembers, referring to his first full internationals in 2017 and 2019. “However, our former coach Clarence Seedorf preferred someone else. I respect him, but he didn’t give me a convincing explanation. Among the forwards who were there, I was the one who scored the most.”
Losing not an possibility
“That objective is always on my mind, but I’m just faced with a situation that doesn’t satisfy me, in terms of the things being said and stances taken, knowing that everything has been clarified for a long time now,” says the participant, who hopes that the appointment of Antonio Conceicao will change the panorama. “As of now, I’m not against going back to the team if things are sorted out. There’s a new coach, so [it’s fine] if the discussion is about on-field performances, but I’m not interested in any of the side issues. I continue to work to create opportunities to establish myself. But the choices, the decisions, the stories – it’s not me who controls them…”
With the CAF qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ on the horizon, the Indomitable Lions might definitely use a assured and in-type goalscorer to emerge from a tricky Group D containing Malawi, Mozambique and, above all, Côte d’Ivoire.
“It’s a major rivalry, because of the eras of Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o and all the great players of that generation,” admits Nsame, who obtained to know Ivorian striker Roger Assale effectively throughout his time at Young Boys. “If all goes well, our two teams will be battling it out for top spot, although I find it a little sad to think only one of us can qualify [for the next round]. It would be nice to have the best African teams at the World Cup, as it would show that African football is right up there. Still, it’ll be a very interesting match, especially if I’m there and have the opportunity to meet Roger,” he provides with fun.
Of course, there will likely be no laughter if Cameroon don’t safe a berth in Qatar. “That’s what the Cameroonian people expect from their team. There’s pressure on all the players,” he admits. “In Cameroon, the nationwide staff belongs to the individuals – fanatical, excessive individuals in each eventuality. They love you with a ardour whenever you win however can hate you simply as a lot in case you lose…
“Sometimes you feel like losing is not even an option, despite football being all about winning and losing. That said, Cameroon always needs to have as their goal qualifying for the World Cup and giving a good account of African football,” he concludes.