Noah Okafor gets going. The Red Bull Salzburg attacker becomes an option for Wednesday’s game against Lille.
It is impressive how soccer champion Red Bull Salzburg copes with everyday life. Whether in the ÖFB Cup against Kalsdorf or in the league like on Saturday in Wolfsberg, the team of coaches Matthias Jaissle appears concentrated, is greedy to win games. That was also the case last week Noah Okafor big part of. Salzburg’s record transfer, which came from Basel for just over eleven million euros in 2020, now finally seems to be facing better times. So far, the 21-year-old thirty has not yet really made it to the series champions. After a goal and an assist against WSG Tirol, a remarkable assist after a sprint over half the field with a top speed of 33 km / h, in a 2-0 win against Rapid, two goals and an assist in the ÖFB Cup against Kalsdorf, scored Okafor also in the win in Wolfsberg. Jaissle now has some options in the attack in the second round of the Champions League in the home game against Lille on Wednesday. Karim Adeyemi should have its place safely. But who storms next to the German national player. Benjamin Sesko and Junior Adamu got tough competition. Okafor is putting pressure on the two attackers who have been preferred by Jaissle in the past few weeks. “I’m very excited to play against Lille, try to accelerate every day and keep going,” said Okafor, who knows it’s time to live up to the expectations placed on him. “I haven’t been so lucky in my time in Salzburg, but I’ve stayed strong and try to do my best every day.”
Jaissle also praised the lightning-fast Swiss. “Noah is absolutely on the right track, developing splendidly, just as we imagine and there is still a lot of room for improvement. He’s doing that hard in training and is now rewarding himself in the games. That was the starting line-up -Cost of the effort and he did it really well, “said Jaissle in an interview with Sky.
However, it remains to be seen whether Sesko in the starting line-up is not the better choice against Lille. Because Lille will probably rely more on the defensive in Salzburg. A big attacker with strong headers in the center of the storm like Sesko (1.94m) should do the bull game good.