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Lyon attacker Matheus Tetê has arguably had the most turbulent year of all the players in this year’s GFFN 100, having escaped the horrific war between Russia and Ukraine where he previously played for Shakhtar Donetsk. However, since he arrived at Groupama Stadium back in March, the Brazilian has had a significant impact.

The right flank has been a problem for OL for a few years. Signings like Romain Faivre, Bertrand Traoré and Tino Kadewere have had promising moments, but none have been able to provide consistent influence. Tetê, however, made an immediate impact.

With an emphasis on directness and an injection of pace, Tetê has repeatedly caused problems for Ligue 1 full-backs. His first appearance was a testament to this. Entering the pitch against Angers as a substitute with the scores level, the 22-year-old, drifting in from the right flank, penetrated space within the Angers block and showed brilliant composure to curl the ball home. A matchwinner on his debut, Tetê finished the season with seven goal contributions in just nine appearances.

After extending his loan into the 2022/23 season, Tetê has continued where he left off at the end of last season. Until the dismissal of Peter Bosz, his place as a starter in the first team was almost untouchable and, considering his form, it was hardly surprising. Scoring three and assisting two in the first two matches of the season, he got off to a flyer, but, as the season has progressed, things have taken a turn for the worse at OL. A poor run of form resulted in Peter Bosz’s exit and Tetê’s grasp on a starting berth is now in jeopardy under new boss Laurent Blanc.

Seven goals and eight assists in the calendar year up to the World Cup break puts Tetê joint seventh among Brazilians playing across Europe’s top five leagues for attacking output in 2022, despite playing far less games than anyone in the top 15. Only Vinicius Junior and Neymar better his minutes per contribution ratio as a result. Tetê may be yet to convince his new coach of his quality but, if those first six months at Lyon are anything to go by, he may still have a big part to play in the rest of Lyon’s season. 

Liam Wraith | GFFN

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