Filip Đorđević: Ligue 1’s most prolific striker

When you look at the top of the Ligue 1 goalscoring list, household names such as Zlatan Ibrahimović, Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao are a testament to the quality of players in the French top tier nowadays.

However, one lesser-known name at a much poorer club is making his way this season without rave reviews or the praise that those at the table-topping clubs receive.

Filip Đorđević is in his sixth season with Nantes, in which time he has suffered the ups and downs of a club that seemed destined to bounce between French football’s top two levels.

However, the Serbia international has hit his stride this term and has already netted eight league goals for his side – one less than the big-name trio. As such, Nantes sit in the heady position of fifth in the table at the time of writing, after 14 games.

After starting out at Red Star Belgrade, a successful loan spell at Rad Belgrade shot the eastern European striker into the gaze of European scouts, and a move to Nantes followed in 2008.

Đorđević was in and out of the Nantes team that transitioned between Ligue 1 and 2, with his first couple of seasons failing to see him showcase his now-predatory nature.

Filip ĐorđevićIn Đorđević’s and Nantes’ fourth consecutive season in Ligue 2 last term, the eastern European hitman found his shooting boots, lived up to his potential and fired the club back to the big time, with 20 goals in 34 matches.

This eye for goal was a key part of his club’s promotion push, and saw him recognised for his nation also.

This season Đorđević has been clinical; in his first 13 games he has only had ten shots on target, with eight of them hitting the back of the net.

The penalty box predator has forced his way into the Serbian senior squad, which like his club is in transition. Gaining his debut against Chile in a friendly, the 26-year-old had netted within two minutes of coming off the bench. He has gone on to play for Serbia eight times, netting three times in total.

Đorđević has thrived as the lone striker for his club, and is clearly relishing the opportunity to be the focal point of Nantes’ attack. However, this may not be the case for much longer, as the eastern European marksman is out of contract at the culmination of the current season.

The striker has made no commitment to extend his time in North West France, and rumours in the media are rife that he will look to depart for a new challenge, potentially overseas.

With a player in form and coming into the prime of his footballing ability available for free next summer, it is only natural that clubs across the continent will be weighing up a move for Đorđević.

Just how far Nantes can go in their first campaign back in with the big boys remains to be seen. However, their mercurial Serbian striker Đorđević could well see them continue to rock the boat and break up the conventional order of things this term.

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I am a freelance football journalist from Northern Ireland living in Broome in Western Australia. I have worked for top media outlets such as FourFourTwo, goal.com, Soccerlens, Football Fancast and Here is the City. I am a lifelong and long-suffering Tottenham fan. Follow me on Twitter at @90MinsOnline
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