Eintracht Frankfurt signing Hugo Ekitiké (r.) played alongside Kylian Mbappé (l.) and Lionel Messi at parent club PSG. - © IMAGO/Joly Victor/ABACA
Eintracht Frankfurt signing Hugo Ekitiké (r.) played alongside Kylian Mbappé (l.) and Lionel Messi at parent club PSG. - © IMAGO/Joly Victor/ABACA
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Hugo Ekitiké: Who is the Paris Saint-German forward on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt?

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Less than half a year since Randal Kolo Muani moved to Paris Saint-Germain, Eintracht Frankfurt might just have found the ideal replacement in Hugo Ekitiké. bundesliga.com profiles the PSG-owned striker, who will spend the rest of the 2023/24 season on loan at the Hessen club...

Stats correct as of 1 February 2024

Hugo Ekitiké

Age: 21 (born 20 June 2002)
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt (on loan from PSG)
Position: Striker
Country: France (six U20 caps)

Key stats

Ekitiké contributed three goals and four assists in 25 top-flight appearances during a succesful loan spell at PSG that culminated in the 2022/23 Ligue 1 title and a permanent contract. The 6'2" forward also played in a further seven matches in the UEFA Champions League and French Cup, scoring once, but found himself out of favour under new head coach Luis Enrique, prior to his Frankfurt switch on 1 February 2024.

Ten goals in 24 Ligue 1 games for former employers Stade Reims in 2021/22 is Ekitiké's career-best tally to beat at Eintracht's Deutsche Bank Park. As well as a further six goals in 14 outings for the Reims reserves, he has the experience of 11 appearances in the Danish Superliga with Vejla, the France U20 international's three goals in eight play-off fixtures helping the club stave off relegation for another season.

Plays a bit like: Thierry Henry

Ekitiké can be clinical in front of goal, but he's also a real workhorse. Physical and agile, he's known for his willingness to press from the front and is a real nuisance when dropping deep to receive possession. With his silky touch, slick movement and penchant for cutting in off the left-hand flank thrown into the mix, comparisons with a young Thierry Henry are not that wide of the mark.

Did you know?

As Frankfurt's official X (formerly Twitter) channel teased before his transfer was confirmed, Ekitiké's surname is a palindrome. That is, it reads the same backwards as forwards!

Frankfurt have the option to buy Ekitiké at the end of the 2023/24 season. - Imago

What they're saying

"Hugo's a young player, who has already showed what huge potential he has." - Frankfurt sporting director Markus Krösche

"There is something very special about him. He's a young man with a lot of quality but also a lot to improve on, but he works hard in training." - Óscar García, Ekitiké's former Reims coach