Balogun expressed his admiration for Saka's ability to overpower opponents despite his appearance, calling it hard to imagine. The former Monaco forward clearly envies the physical capabilities of his good friend.Additionally, Balogun shared the other qualities he hopes to possess from certain players. He mentioned wanting to have Edinson Cavani's mobility, Kylian Mbappe's speed, Cristiano Ronaldo's heading ability, Harry Kane's shooting skills, Lionel Messi's dribbling, Kane's teamwork, and Dani Olmo's work ethic.
In his initial experience at Monaco, Balogun impressed with his performances. The young forward joined Monaco from Arsenal in the summer for a fee of €30 million plus €10 million in bonuses, with Arsenal retaining a 17.5% sell-on clause. Last season, he scored 21 goals in Ligue 1, attracting the attention of Monaco.This season, Balogun has made five appearances in the league, starting in three matches, and has played an average of 54 minutes per game. He has scored three goals and provided one assist. Although criticized for missing two penalties in a match against Nice, the American youngster has performed well overall.
In the league, Balogun has attempted 13 shots and made five key passes, with an 80% pass completion rate. Defensively, he has completed 0.6 successful tackles per game and 1 successful dribble per game with a success rate of 45%.
Furthermore, Balogun has won an average of 2.6 duels per game with a success rate of 29%.Overall, Balogun's move to Monaco has started positively, and his performances have shown promise. With his strength and skills, he aims to make a significant impact in his new club and continue developing as a player.