The enchanted bracket of Lyon followers lasted solely a month. They’ve managed, because of this unprecedented truce associated to the World Cup in Qatar, to brush the full darkness by which their workforce finds itself underneath the carpet. They have been even stunned to regain hope, as Laurent Blanc introduced that his group would take the chance to recuperate at a sporting stage. However a month after the restart, with two new defeats (0-1 to Clermont and 1-2 to Strasbourg) and a ninth place in Ligue 1, the frustration is absolute.
To make issues worse, the winter switch window, which was the primary reason for hope for the membership’s takeover by American John Textor, is leaning in direction of the incomprehensible grotesque, 5 days to go. Jean-Michel Aulas talks a few “nice transfer of winter” this Thursday, however Dejan Lovren is the one recruit up to now, whereas not one of the undesirables (Aouar, Dembélé, Boateng, Reine-Adélaïde) ought to go away. Solely the mortgage of Karl Toko Ekambi has simply been formalized by Rennes. Folder by folder Twenty minutes tells you the way a lot this switch market sums up OL’s ills.
- Dejan Lovren, 9/10 on the Boateng scale and 6/10 on the Tolisso scale
A double blow formalized from January 2 to assault this important switch window with fanfare, who says higher? Particularly, a participant who has been controversial for the reason that finish of the World Cup for singing a Croatian nationalist track and even making a fascist salute. Suffice to say, recruiting Dejan Lovren ensures an awesome inaugural week unhealthy noiseand even a protracted subject media half. From the outset, the media galley resembles that of one other defender, Jérôme Boateng, employed by OL a yr and a half earlier. He needed to seem in court docket in Munich for home violence towards his ex-girlfriend… 4 days after his first coaching session in Lyon.
Equally, this “return to the DNA of Lyonnais”, established by the Aulas-Ponsot-Cheyrou trio, already has actual limits. Particularly contemplating Corentin Tolisso has solely performed one full recreation since August, on the finish of 4 years affected by bodily glitches at Bayern. And there Lovren indicators a contract till June 2025, regardless of his 33 years and twenty matches performed within the season since 2018. Furthermore, not like Corentin Tolisso, the Croatian left good recollections throughout his first go to (from 2010 to 2013). may be counted on the fingers of 1 hand.
- Karl Toko Chief, 9/10 at Beauvue-Marcelo Bar
Bronca, adopted by insults towards him on January 14 towards Strasbourg undoubtedly marked the purpose of no return. If there’s one departure that OL needed to finalize at any value this winter, it is Karl Toko Ekambi. And it is each for a season that’s disastrous in each respect (no objectives since mid-September) and for the stormy relationship with the northern nook. Celebrating a purpose towards Montpellier (5-2 on April 23) with a finger in entrance of his mouth as a provocation, the Cameroonian worldwide alienated Unhealthy Gones for good, as did Claudio Beauvue and Marcelo earlier than him. after comparable episodes.
However that is only a paid mortgage (€1.5m + €1m bonus) at Rennes (hi there FloMau), with no buyout choice, removed from the €15.5m compensation Lyon settled at Villarreal. Thus, OL may have fairly a headache in six months as Toko Ekambi may have one other yr on his contract earlier than he can commit the place he needs as Moussa Dembélé and Houssem Aouar put together for this in the summertime. Lyon followers, we are able to solely advise towards OL-Rennes on April 9, spoiler: 1-5, hat-trick of unplayable and tenant Toko.
- Joao Gomes, 10/10 on the Onan-Azmoun scale
The jackpot of this switch window to piss off Lyon followers. Particularly the participant that OL is looking at whereas the media has repeated Joao Gomes’ need to favor Wolverhampton from the beginning. Whereas that’s the case, Bruno Cheyrou himself has confided to the press that he needs to recruit Flamengo’s sidekick, a method that not often bears fruit. “He is a participant we have been anticipating a yr and a half,” mentioned Lyon’s recruitment director Workforce February 17. The window has opened and we try to run inside. I like him lots and would like to recruit him. A “candy dream” that can due to this fact not materialize, and this participant search time “a yr and a half in the past” is a reminder of how a lot Juninho, who was nonetheless OL’s sporting director, had a treasured eye on the younger Brazilians.
It’s now troublesome for Lyon followers to think about recruiting virtuosos like Bruno Guimaraes and Lucas Paqueta. 9 days after speaking to Bruno Cheyrou, and regardless of his journey to Rio, but additionally John Textor to attempt to persuade Joao Gomes, the latter joins the listing of André Onana and Sardar Azmoun. Particularly, these gamers whose arrival OL thought of a lot that they didn’t plan an actual plan B. The proof of the declining attractiveness of the membership for 2 years was the favored Onana Inter Milan, Azmoun Bayer Leverkusen, Joao Gomes Wilki (seventeenth place in PL), and the French striker Wilson Isidor (22, Lokomotiv Moscow), who’s being adopted by Lyon, appears to see them extra usually at Lorient than at OL. And this isn’t uncommon.
- Romain Faivre, 8/10 on the terrier scale
Do you bear in mind Brest’s untenable attacking midfielder Romain Faivre, then a double at Lorient on March 4, 2022, one month after arriving in Lyon? This has been lacking for lengthy weeks, and he has solely three (bland) begins this season with OL. Even when he is solely 24, it is arduous to see how he bounces again in a Lyon workforce in disaster. The dearth of character that Romain Faivre suffers from pertains to the deadlock the Martin Terrier discovered himself in within the context of Lyon (from 2018 to 2020) earlier than exploding at Rennes.
Revealed in modest Ligue 1 groups (Strasbourg and Brest), Terrier and Faivre could not have been constructed underneath 25 to withstand the strain of a membership set to combat for promotion to the Ligue des champions. Final week, Laurent Blanc confirmed the stakeholder’s spleen: “I like him, however he has not been blissful at Lyon for greater than three months and needs to go away. It is arduous as a result of there is a deal [jusqu’en 2026] and the membership put numerous bets on him.” Precisely €15m (+ €2m in bonuses) which Lyon have little probability of recouping given their poor kind. However we would not be stunned if he confirmed off shortly when he joined Merlus Régis Le Bris.
- Mohamed El Arouch, 7/10 on the Martial scale
Someway accidentally this Thursday we found the youthful face of Mohamed El Arouch (18 years outdated) through the coaching of the skilled OL workforce. That is the primary case involving Laurent Blanc because the promising midfielder has made his means up the ranks. That is primarily the results of media strain from his atmosphere, which unfold his alleged wishes, regardless of the contract along with his coaching membership till 2025.
Can the winner of the final Gambardella Cup turn out to be the brand new Anthony Martial till January 31, who left AS Monaco on the age of 18 for pennies (€5 million) after solely 4 appearances with the professionals in Lyon? Two years later, he was bought for €80m (together with bonus) to Manchester United. Jean-Michel Aulas is essentially afraid of such a situation for Mohamed El Arouch. Maybe even this winter he realized that it was illogical to see such potential in 0 minutes of enjoying within the first division when Mendes, Faivre, Aouar and Reine-Adélaïde, who’re removed from their greatest stage this season, nonetheless have an opportunity.
- Jeff Reine-Adélaïde, 6/10 on the Réveillere-Fekir scale
Is it attainable to recuperate from two torn cruciate ligaments in 14 months? The query inevitably arises as Jeff Reine-Adélaïde, the costliest rookie in OL historical past in 2019 (€25m), is overdue. The change of surroundings this winter could have relieved everybody and freed up a spot within the workforce for Mohamed El Arouch. However as nothing is easy on the Lyon facet, a €12m mortgage provide from Sevilla flew away on Tuesday for medical examination.
Workforce reveals that the Andalusian membership has been alerted by the JRA’s “lack of rhythm”. The identical one viewers at Parc OL watch each week. Among the many well-known precedents of Lyon gamers leaving however failing medical examinations, we are able to point out Anthony Réveillère at PSG in 2012, adopted by Nabil Fekir at Liverpool in 2018. Besides the return of those two captains was not seen as unhealthy information within the sport on the time. .
- Malo Gusto and Rayan Cherki, 7/10 at Ndombele-Mendy Bar
In the summertime of 2019, Jean-Michel Aulas hit the jackpot with a complete of €113 million (together with bonus) for the signings of Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham) and Ferland Mendy (Actual Madrid). Two Ligue 1 seasons within the legs and the brand new tricolor left Lyon shortly. Three and a half years later, the timing of the departures of the very best juniors appears much more untimely. Malo Gusto and Rayan Cherki are solely 19 years outdated (in comparison with 22 and 24 then for Ndombele and Mendy) and above all, they have not even had a full Ligue 1 season as holders.
This winter, nonetheless, their names are firmly related to Chelsea and PSG. The quantities talked about (round €20m) are much less insane than in 2019 given their nonetheless restricted references. There isn’t any doubt that shedding two symbols of success from the Lyon academy could be a coup de grace for the followers. And this even when they really feel that they’ve obtained them many occasions in current months.