Bakambu's goal drought continues at Villarreal

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The 25-year-old has now gone 25 matches without a goal for both club and country

Congo DR attacker Cedric Bakambu’s goalless drought continued this weekend as he appeared without scoring in Villarreal’s 1-0 win over Real Sociedad on in the Primera Division on Sunday.

With the win, Villarreal kept their hopes of Champions League football next season alive courtesy of a stoppage time Samu Castillejo's winner.

Bakambu has now gone 25 matches without a goal for club and country.He has remained scoreless for his club since 23 October 2016 and scoreless for his country since 05 June 2016. This was followed by another goalless campaign at the Nations Cup in Gabon recently.

The 25-year-old’s only two goals so far this campaign came in successive matches against Celta de Vigo, 5-0 win on the 16th of October and his second in a 2-1 win against La Palmas a week later, 23 October.

Cedric Bakambu Congo DR Afcon 2017

He has since gone 13 matches – eight La Liga matches, four Europa League and one Copa del Rey – without hitting the net for The Yellow Submarine.

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Bakambu’s goal drought has also preceded to international football. He last scored in the 6-1 demolition of Madagascar in June 2016, a 2017 Afcon qualifier and gone 12 international matches, Afcon included, without hitting the net.

Despite the goal drought, Francisco Escriba has continued to show great faith in the French-born attacker. He has featured him in all three of the matches played by his side since the he returned from the Afcon.  This includes Sunday’s 90-minutes as he helped the Castellon side bounce back from a 4-0 thumping in the Europa League by AS Roma on Thursday.

 

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