Three years after his arrival in France, Vagner Dias will have the opportunity to shine in Ligue 1. Not in Saint-Etienne who had fetched him from Gil Vicente but on the side of Metz where he was recruited for 3 million euros this summer. When he recovers from his long-standing left ankle injury, the Cape Verdean will, for the first time in his career, have responsibilities in the attacking sector of an elite club in French football. A challenge he had given himself after his short experience with the professional group of ASSE where he played only five games in all competitions. “Getting back to Ligue 1 was my goal and I would like to thank FC Metz for giving me this opportunity” savored the 24-year-old during his presentation.
In six months in Ligue 2, Vagner Dias has interested elite clubs
To give himself the means to meet this challenge, the striker exploited as much as possible two loans to Nancy, in Ligue 2. When he first arrived in Lorraine in January 2018, he saved the ASNL from relegation to himself. only. His heat stroke between February and March, 5 goals and an assist in four games, had taken his team out of the red zone. Personally, he was able to win the player of the month trophy for March and especially caught the eye of several top clubs. Already. Strasbourg or Brest were quickly interested but six short months in Ligue 2 were not enough to allow him to overcome this level. A second loan, during which he was seriously injured in the left ankle, will have finally convinced Metz to bet on him to seek maintenance in Ligue 1.
A second loan in Ligue 2 to open the doors to Ligue 1
Last season, he was involved on 11 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions, notably scoring against Montpellier in the Coupe de la Ligue. A way to prove that he can be of size at the upper echelon but above all that Ligue 2 is already too small for him. Since his arrival in France three years ago, the Cape Verdean international has been able to continue his progress to be even more effective on set pieces and cutting edge in the game. Assets which now offer him the possibility of s’ assert at the highest level.