Who is Hugo Ekitike? The qualities of the child prodigy

Hugo Ekitike is high on Newcastle United’s radar. The nouveau riche English would like to guide the French youngster to the island as emergency aid in the winter transfer window. But who is this Ekitike anyway?

His Wikipedia entry is easy to read. Hugo Ekitike, born June 20, 2002, is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Reims, the encyclopedia reads.

Five more sentences complete his little entry:

Information about Ekitike is small, but it’s about to explode given its enormous potential. Already appraised transfermarkt.de its market value to six million euros.

Of course, to lure the French prodigy to Newcastle, the Magpies will have to dig a lot deeper into their pockets. 90 minsAccording to information, the parties involved in the transfer are in advanced talks.

The transfer should be wrapped in dry cloths before the Premier League game against Watford on Saturday. Ekitike should cost around 36 million euros.

Ekitike with two goals against Nantes

Ekitike after his brace against Nantes / DENIS CHARLET/GettyImages

Ekitike has eight goals and three assists from 17 games after the first half of the season. No other teenager in Europe’s top five leagues has scored more.

The 19-year-old only started eleven times. Against Nantes at the end of September, in just 20 minutes, he scored the two important goals for the 3-1 win.

Kylian Mbappe is Hugo Ekitike's role model

Ekitike is modeled on Kylian Mbappé / John Berry / GettyImages

Many are comparing his skills and forthcoming vita to Kylian Mbappé. Ekitike himself likes to take Mbappé as a role model.

“In recent years he’s the player I’ve seen the most that inspires me, and not necessarily just on the pitch,” Reims’ youngster recently told foot market. “That’s what it means to be a top player and that’s what I want to be.”

Mbappé experienced a rapid career advancement. Even before joining PSG in 2017, the beefy striker scored 15 goals in his first full season in Ligue 1 and even won the league with Monaco.

Ekitike now scored just over half of those 15 goals in half a season. Many are already talking about Mbappé 2.0.

Ekitike cheering

Ekitike gives everything to score goals / ROMAIN PERROCHEAU/GettyImages

As soon as the 1.90 meter man is on the pitch, he wants to score. The best proof: his already mentioned brace in the last 20 minutes against Nantes.

“He has the mentality of Kobe Bryant in the body of a 19-year-old,” a friend told Goal. “If you tell him he has ten minutes left in a game, he won’t hide, he’ll take it as a challenge.”

Good prospects for his potential move to Newcastle. Eddie Howe’s side are still in a relegation zone.

Ekitike should not only contribute in the long term, but also directly with goals to get the club out of the relegation zone. According to 90 mins the youngster already feels ready for this change.

Ekitike is reminiscent of Arjen Robben

Ekitike’s style of play is reminiscent of ex-Bayern pro Arjen Robben / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Just Mbappé 2.0, now Robben 2.0 – huh? What is meant is the technique of the French U21 international.

Although Ekitike primarily plays in the central attack, he also loves to come from the left wing, to move into the center with his right foot and to look for the goal.

Finest Arjen Robben style – just mirrored. Or compatriot Thierry Henry, who once established this style in the Premier League.

Hugo Ekitik

Hugo Ekitike / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

The player came onto the scene so quickly that EA Sports hasn’t had time to adjust his FIFA 22 rating – it currently sits at 61.

At the time of the game’s release in autumn, Ekitike had only made two Ligue 1 appearances and a short loan spell at Vejle BK in Denmark. That has changed fundamentally with his sudden success and goal tally, so his rating needs to be upgraded in the near future.