“He is a pseudo-young, because he has already had a lot of adventures”, notes Pascal Gastien about Muhammed Cham, who will be 22 on September 26. With a Senegalese father and a Gambian mother, the elegant attacking midfielder born in Linz, Austria, and trained in Wolfsburg, Germany, was spotted by Ingo Winter, recruiter from Clermont, who enlisted him in the summer of 2020 in coming from the Admira Wacker (D1 of his country).
” But he had to get tougher, so we lent him to Vendsyssel (Danish D2) then to Lustenau (Austrian D2), relates the Auvergne coach. It was not easy in the first season, but he has shown maturity and has seen spectacular progress in 2021-2022 (15 goals, 12 assists in 29 Championship matches). »
Thus, the technician recovered at the beginning of the preparation an authentic number ten, which quickly knew how to adapt: “At the start, he wanted to show too much and sometimes lacked accuracy. But after discussions, he simplified his game. “Then he made a promising debut in L1, existing against PSG (0-5) and above all by scoring last Sunday in Reims (4-2) a sumptuous goal, thanks to his favorite left foot, which came to crown a good performance. , full of technical finesse and vista.
A lion tattooed on the body
“It’s not thick (1.80m, 67kg), but is not afraid of anything and knows how to repeat high intensity efforts », adds Gastien, seduced by « the joy of living and the hypercompetitive side » of the Austrian international hopefuls (4 caps). Asked by The mountain about the lion tattooed on his body, Cham replied: It is an animal always ready to go into battle! »
Also ready to register for the long term. On Wednesday, he extended his contract until 2025, with an option for one more year. It has significant room for improvement, in particular “ to improve the quality of its journeys”, says the coach. The latter is convinced of having bet on a good element in the so bitter fight for the maintenance: ” Everything was not offered to him on a plate and he is really ready to fight! »