Marseille’s Commanding Center Back Is a Picture of Consistency
By Dan Stelly | Photo via Olympique de Marseille
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Nicolas N’Koulou is our player of the week for yet another excellent defensive performance as Marseille cruised to a 3–0 victory over Bastia.
Although Marseille’s final-day win was not enough to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, there’s no denying that N’Koulou has been masterful at center back over the last few weeks. The Cameroonian international bolstered a back line that allowed just one goal in its final four matches, and the 25-year-old rounded out the campaign with 23 starts after missing two months with a knee injury.
With 126 league appearances for club and 51 caps for country, N’Koulou is a firm fixture for both Marseille, whom he joined in 2011 from Monaco, and Cameroon. The defender started all three games of a forgettable World Cup for the Indomitable Lions but turned things around for a successful l’OM side that put a serious scare into Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 title defense.
While N’Koulou and Marseille have to settle for Europa League soccer next season, the imposing center back will surely be an important part of the French side’s setup — that is, if a bevy of interested clubs don’t come calling first.