BY MAXIME POUSSET
A pure Clermontois, Mohamed Bayo already knows the North branch well. It is here, in the 59s, that he became the productive goal scorer he is today. Back on the course of a volcano that erupted three seasons ago and which has not finished flowing lava.
Welcome to LOSC Mohamed Bayo!
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Few football players can claim to have been born, trained and then “exploded” in the same city, in the same club. Mohamed Bayo is one of them. Born 24 years ago in Clermont-Ferrand (63), the young Frenchman of Guinean origin joined the Auvergne club as a mere 6-year-old as a beginner. The child in the district of Gauthière crosses all the stages there, from the prefo ‘to the gym, with as a common thread, the passion from the round ball. In the field of view is inevitable, like all the children of the region, the distant dream of one day integrating the flag team from Clermont Foot, which then defends its place in Ligue 2.
—Mohamed Bayo (@ momobayo27) July 11, 2022
In 2017, the young striker was only 19, when Pascal Gastien, who had just taken charge of CF63, called him up for the first time in the pro group, the one who at the time excelled with the club reserve in N3, after a season filled with i.a. promise in U19. He took his first steps there in an unprecedented derby against Moulins-Yzeure in the Coupe de France (1-0, 11/11/17). A first professional contract was offered to him a few weeks later. Here he is launched into the big bath. Mohamed Bayo is also in the Clermont squad from the start of the 2018-2019 season. Opportunity to play his first minutes in Ligue 2 there (9 matches, 1 goal including a loan at a lower level.
USL Dunkerque, then in the National, welcomes him to the second part of the 2018-2019 season. In the north, more than 700 km from his region, which he is leaving for the first time, Mohamed Bayo enjoys a promising end to the championship (10 matches, 2 goals, 1 assist), so much so that the club won with his involvement deciding to extend his loan for one season. It will be the revelation. Completely liberated and fulfilled on the front of the northern attack, the attacker lights up the Tribute Stadium and imposes on himself the most beautiful promises from the National. His 13 goals (18 in all tournaments) contribute greatly to the historic progress of the Maritimes in Ligue 2 at the end of a season stopped due to a pandemic.
His come back in his heart club, through the front door, escorted by many promises. Mohamed quickly won his starting place and got off to a burning start at the championship (5 goals in the first 10 days). A hat trick against Valenciennes (1-3, 31/10/20), another (in just 13 minutes!) Against Dunkirk (5-0, 16/01/21), and there he whizzes at the top of the rankings of goal scorers as his team settled into the heights of Ligue 2. His season was stratospheric both individually and collectively. He played the 38 days and was crowned top scorer in the championship (22 goals), a member of the season’s standard team and played a major role in the rise, also historically, for the Auvergne club in Ligue 1. second promotion in two years as an individual.
As a 23-year-old, Ligue 1 opens up to him as it does to the rest of the Clermont group. Faced with expectations, Mohamed Bayo and his partners respond effectively in the field. Undefeated in their first 4 matches among the elite, Clermontois confirms that they will be a competitive team. As for their goal scorer, he scored in his first L1 match (Bordeaux-Clermont, 0-2, 08/08/21), then followed up with a double on the second day against Troyes (2-0, 15/08/21 ) / 21) before offering two assists during the 3rd (Olympic-Clermont, 3-3, 22/08/21) and 4th day (Clermont-Metz, 2-2, 29/08/21) . A thunderous debut and a perfect fit for Ligue 1 for him, who will end his first season among the elite with 14 goals (and 5 assists) on the clock, a small unit from Jonathan David, his future Little teammate. But in addition to these brilliant and very promising personal statistics, Mohamed Bayo is actively contributing – in the same way as his partner and now also a neo-Dogue Akim Zedadka – to keeping Clermont Foot in Ligue 1. An achievement for the Auvergne club that competed This is the very first season in its history among the elite.
Along with this golden fate of the club, Mohamed Bayo becomes international on March 24, 2021. He, who had dual French-Guinean nationality, is called (and established) for the first time by Didier Six, Guinea’s coach for a victory against Mali (1- 0, 24/03/21). He is again in the plans for the next coach, Kaba Diawara, for the World Cup qualifier, then for the Africa Cup of Nations, where he participated in January last year. Second in their Group B behind Senegal, the future winner of CAN, the national Syli fell in the round of 16 against Gambia (0-1), with a Mohamed Bayo used during the competition’s 4 matches (3 recruitment periods).
But by the way, what is the Bayo style? A versatile striker full of speed, power and percussion, Mohamed is able to move forward as well as on the sides. This athletic striker (1m88, 76kg) stands out for his ability to eliminate and his abilities in front of goal. Opportunistic and precise in the zone of truth, he has a complete profile with good technique and a strong ability to repeat the effort as much as to weigh down the defense. For the new Little striker is also a catchy player, generous in the effort, who “never lets go”. It’s good, we like this kind of players in the Nordics and especially in LOSC.
Welcome to the mastiffs, Mohamed!