Fournier: Lacazette will come good

Olympique Lyonnais head coach Hubert Fournier is retaining confidence that striker Alexandre Lacazette will rediscover his best form.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a breakout season in 2014/15, finishing as Ligue 1 top scorer with 27 goals, but hasn't found the net this campaign and sat out OL's most recent outing: a 4-0 win over Caen.

That match at Stade Michel d'Ornano saw fellow striker Nabil Fekir grab a hat-trick, but the 22-year-old injured himself while playing for France, making it even more important for Lacazette to get back amongst the goals.

"If we want to have a good season, our key players, including Alex, will need to step up," Fournier said. "He's not at 100 per cent yet, but he'll get there with a bit of time.

"His mental strength? I'm not worried about Lacazette. He's a big boy and he's beginning to understand what the demands of high-level football are like."

Luckily for Les Gones, Lacazette isn't the only forward that Fournier can call on as Claudio Beauvue, a recent signing from Guingamp, already has two goals to his name for OL.

"Claudio is living up to our expectations," Fournier added of the 27-year-old. "He has settled in well at the club, which is nice, but I'm not really surprised.

"He will bring depth to our game; he gets into space, he holds the ball up, he has a great aerial game and he makes a lot of runs, which we should take more advantage of.

"There's no reason to be nervous about whether our attacking three (Mathieu Valbuena, Lacazette and Beauvue) can work well, even if they haven't played that much together at this point."

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