Bayern record signing Tolisso backs Lacazette to set England alight
The duo were part of the enthralling Olympique Lyonnais side that made it to the Europa League’s semi-finals last year, before finishing fourth in the Ligue 1.
Altogether, both Corentin Tolisso and Alexandre Lacazette racked up a total of 63 goals and assists in 93 appearances for Lyon.
With such impressive statistics, Bayern Munich and Arsenal have come calling for both Tolisso and Lacazette respectively.
The French midfielder was confident his former striker partner Lacazette will fit in perfectly at North London.
In Singapore along with his team mates as part of the German champion’s involvement in the International Champions Cup (ICC), Tolisso believed he will have some convincing to do after he became Bayern’s most expensive signing at €41.5 million (S$64 million).
However, the French midfielder was confident his former striker partner Lacazette will fit in perfectly at North London.
"His play style on the field in general, like his first touch on the ball and how he is in front of goal (can help Lacazette in the Premier League),” Tolisso said through a translator at an event held by German Microbrewery and restaurant Paulaner Brauhaus.
“He can become better in the Premier League with Arsenal. I wish him the very best and also good luck to become the best striker with Arsenal!”
With the World Cup looming next year, Tolisso acknowledged that competition for a spot in the France squad will be fiercer than ever.
Other than Lacazette, highly-rated Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe was amongst those looking to impress France head coach Didier Deschamps.
That was a reason why Tolisso felt the need to move from Lyon to Bayern.
"For me, it was very important to play in Champions League and since Lyon won't play in that competition, it became very important for me to play in big games (with Bayern) and to show up for national team and next year for the World Cup,” he said.
Bayern legend Giovane Elber, who was also at the event, tipped the young midfielder for greater things.
"He will make a big career with Bayern. He had strong performances on the pitch for the last few matches and these impressions were very good," said 45-year-old Elber who won the Champions League with Bayern and like Tolisso, played for Lyon although it was after his sojourn with the Bavarian giants.
He added: "He is young and has the talent to do it although it's a long way to go. However, he will do it!"