By Dan Critchlow
Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun had been benched for Reims’ midweek game against Angers, probably just to give him a rest after three starts in a row.
If there were any questions about the striker’s performances, he answered them with a goal and an assist in his brief substitute appearance in that match, helping his team to a 4-2 win.
As a result, it was no surprise to see Balogun back in the starting lineup against RC Lens on Sunday, with the away side sitting second in the table. It was set to be a difficult match for Reims, and so it proved.
After a goalless hour of football, Reims were given a boost in the 66th minute as Lens’ Deiver Machado was sent off. The home side pounced, with Balogun giving them the lead a few minutes later.
The 21-year-old showed good composure to sit down the goalkeeper before finishing in an almost empty net.
BALOGUN scores again!
He’s on fire ?
4 goals in 5 games
Arsenal / Reims / COYG ?⚪️ pic.twitter.com/UhplgE4i4u
— ???????TheScottishGooner??????? (@scotlandgooner) September 4, 2022
The lead didn’t last, with Lens scoring an equaliser in the final 10 minutes to deny Reims the three points. But the team can hardly blame Balogun for that, as he did his job once again.
Balogun is now Ligue 1’s joint-third top scorer with five goals, having also won two penalties, and assisted another goal. In just six games, that’s a very impressive return for the 21-year-old.
Reims now have the rest of the week off, next featuring away to Toulouse on Sunday, 11th September at 14:00 BST.
Source: Daily Cannon.