With his stunning stoppage-time equaliser, Malcom was Girondins de Bordeaux’s saviour in Lyon last weekend.
“There’s no doubt that having a talent like Malcom with you is incredibly useful,” Bordeaux goalkeeper Benoît Costil told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN Sports of the Brazilian winger after he scored twice in a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Groupama Stadium.
The 20-year-old’s second of the game was particularly memorable, a 25-yard rocket of a shot into the top corner to salvage a point just when it looked as if Lyon were going to hold on for all three points.
“I don’t know…You just have to try your luck sometimes. I scored, it’s a great feeling,” said the player himself.
That game will be remembered as one of the matches of the season, featuring Nabil Fekir’s remarkable effort from halfway and a fine Bertrand Traoré free-kick as well. Bordeaux coach Jocelyn Gourvennec said: “We came back into the game a couple of times thanks to a talent, a stroke of genius. There was Fekir and Traoré on one side, and Malcom on the other.”
Electric turn of pace
The Brazilian has scored 10 and created seven league goals since arriving from Corinthians in his homeland in January of last year. A skilful wide forward blessed with an electric turn of pace and a delicious left foot, Malcom is thriving in France.
“He’s coming on leaps and bounds. I think that’s quite natural because he has been well looked after here by the staff and by his teammates,” said Gourvenec. “It’s important to feel at ease when you’re a creative player like him. He makes the right decisions, it’s really positive for us to have a lad like him around.”
The youngster’s performances have not gone unnoticed, and Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg are among the clubs rumoured to be interested in Bordeaux’s number seven.
“He was a bit distracted at the start of the week. We can’t forget how young he is, he’s mature but very young. It’s the first time that things like this are happening for him,” said Gourvennec.
Reassuringly for Les Girondins, Malcom is prioritising his development and looks set to treat fans at the Matmut Atlantique for a little longer, starting with Saturday’s clash with ESTAC Troyes.
His coach added: “He knows the risks that come with leaving too soon, he’s said it himself and that is no secret. He’s still very young, there is no rush in my mind.”