Super Eagles forward Moses Daddy Simon has revealed the reason behind his temporary switch to French Ligue 1 side Nantes FC on a season-long loan from Spanish La Liga outfit Levante.
The 24-year-old winger spent just a season in Spain before surprisingly making the switch to France in August where he joined fellow internationals Henry Onyekuru, Victor Osimhen who both signed for AS Monaco and LOSC Lille respectively this summer in France’s topflight and Samuel Kalu who joined Bordeaux last year.
Explaining the rationale behind his move to Nantes, the former KAA Gent player told busybuddiesng.com that he had faced severe difficulties in settling down in Spain last season.
That culture shock coupled with an inability to speak the language contributed to what he described as an “average” season for Levante where he made 24 appearances and scored one goal and created another in all competitions last season.
“I would say [my season with Levante was] average because my first season there, I needed to adapt with the language because I think ninety per cent of my club don’t speak English so I need to adapt to know their culture,” he revealed.
Moses Simon seems to have found his feet in France and has quickly become indispensable to his new side who are second in the French league.
He made a goalscoring debut for Nantes when he came off the bench to score the winner in the 2-1 win away to SC Amiens in August and doubled his tally for the season with yet another winner for Nantes at home to OGC Nice just before the international break.
That rich vein of form followed him to the national side where he set up Joe Aribo’s excellent opener against Brazil in a friendly in Singapore.
He would hope to continue his red-hot streak for Nantes when they host Henry Onyekuru’s Monaco on Saturday and if he continues on this trajectory, it is entirely possible that Nantes will break the bank for a player who supplied two assists for the Super Eagles on their way to a bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.