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Charbonnier is staking his claims for a place in the MHSC starting XI.
Replacing last season's 21-goal striker Olivier Giroud at Montpellier was always going to be a tall order for either Gaetan Charbonnier or Emmanuel Herrera. The former, particularly, given that he was stepping up from Ligue 2 to the top-flight aged 24 with no experience.
His double against Lorient on Saturday, though, will go a long way towards ensuring that he is given the opportunity to fill Giroud's boots on a regular basis ahead of the Argentine. Coming on as a substitute for Herrera just after the hour, Charbonnier bagged a brace inside of half an hour to secure three vital points for Rene Girard's floundering side.
Now looking to salvage something from a poor start to their defence of last season's surprise title win, Charbonnier needs to start producing performances like this on a consistent basis.