How ‘King Rhys’, England’s best overseas hotshot, conquered the south of France – The Athletic

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There are nine English who play in the first two championships in France. Manchester United fans will know all about Angel Gomes, now with Lille. Arsenal and Juventus fans might remember Stephy Mavididi, who is currently doing his thing with Montpellier. How about the nominative determinism of Etienne Green, goalkeeper of Saint-Etienne, who is playing in green. Then there is Patrick Roberts, still technically a Manchester City player but currently with Troyes, his sixth club on loan.

But without a doubt, the most successful so far this season has been Toulouse center forward Rhys Healey. In fact, with the exception of Jude Bellingham and maybe Fikayo Tomori, you could argue that Healey is currently the most successful Englishman playing overseas in Europe.

Because Healey is currently the top scorer in Ligue 2 and one of the main reasons why Toulouse is at the top of the division, and on the way to being promoted in the French elite. He has 12 goals in 16 league appearances, as well as three assists, meaning he has been directly involved in around a third of Toulouse’s goals this season.

Before the weekend, he had scored the same number of goals as AS Nancy, the last club in Ligue 2. Among the English playing in the first two divisions of the five big European countries – England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – only Dominic Solanke of Bournemouth scored more.

Healey wasn’t expecting big news when his agent rang in July 2020. It was at the end of a solid season with MK Dons, arguably the first time in nearly a decade he had known. a campaign settled and had scored 12 goals in 20 games. He was just waiting for a registration call: “How are you in confinement? Make sure you stay in shape. Do you need anything else ? “

It turned out that the agent had a proposal: want to play for Toulouse? He did, and things moved pretty quickly from there.


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