The Loons’ new designated player scored 12 of them in French Ligue 1 and also scored goals in the Europa League group stage and put Rennes 1-0 against Paris Saint-Germain in the cup final.
As Hunou nears his Minnesota debut, which could come as early as Saturday night at Real Salt Lake, his first Loons goal will be his first record of 2021. He has only played 198 minutes this year, while he sat nine. Games. His eventual move to Minnesota contributed to his lack of action.
Hunou’s recent lack of playing time will likely limit what the 27-year-old could play against RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium. He first trained with the Loons at the Blaine National Sports Center on Tuesday, and with his fitness in top form, a replacement appearance seems to be his most likely path on the field this weekend.
Hunou has 38 career goals in seven seasons. Here’s a breakdown of his goals over the past two seasons:
During the 2019-2020 season, he scored 11 times in 1779 minutes; it is a goal for 161 minutes played. His expected goal rate was 7.8 last season, according to fbref.com. In 2020-2021, he scored four in 738 minutes, or once every 185 minutes. His xG came in at 4.5.
Of those 15 goals, he scored eight with his right foot, three with his left and four with his header. Of those 15, seven came into open play, five were thrown from set pieces, two were stimulated by counterattacks and one by penalty kick.
He scored a second goal in a PK shootout and went slow and right center on both attempts from the spot.
Arguably Hunou’s biggest goal came against PSG at the Trophée des Champions, a match between the winners of Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France. His left-footed tap from inside the 6-meter penalty area at the start of the first half put pressure on France’s top club before PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe equaled and qu ‘Angel Di Maria won for Paris in the second half.
His Europa League goal came against Scottish club Celtic in November 2019. It was on a header after making a run to the post, a move he showed a propensity to make to get crosses or free kicks .
Fans could imagine the loons drawing a stopped piece in which specialist taker Emanuel Reynoso serves a bullet to find Hunou on such a move.
Of Hunou’s 15 goals, here are three highlights that jumped off the screen:
September 26, 2020: On a counterattack, Hunou sprinted into the open space, knocked the Saint-Etienne goalkeeper out of his line, then landed a shot above him from 17 meters.
January 15, 2020: A Nimes defender gave a nasty back header and Hunou was in a dangerous position on the defender’s back shoulder to snatch a shot from the volley and into the absolute top corner of the net.
December 18, 2019: After his Rennes teammate’s shot was blocked, Hunou leapt up and his right foot sent a laser shot into the upper corner. The knees of the Amiens keeper buckled when he realized he was helpless.