Mercato: Paris among the good students, Lyon can do better… The notebook of the twenty Ligue 1 teams

Mercato: Paris among the good students, Lyon can do better... The notebook of the twenty Ligue 1 teams

Almost a month after the start of the Ligue 1 season, the transfer window closed its doors on Thursday, September 1, with its share of surprises, bets or high-sounding names. For three months, clubs tried to adjust their squad by recruiting or getting rid of their unwanted players, for better and sometimes for worse.

Information from France: sports it is filtered through the transfer window of the 20 elite clubs in four categories: successful, waiting to see, not strong and disappointing.

They have triumphed in their transfer window

Like every season, the transfer window psg is particularly examined. This summer was no exception, especially since it marked the first of the Luis Campos era, the capital club’s new soccer advisor who arrived in June. Logically, his signing took on the tone of French players (Mukiele, Ekitike), familiar with Ligue 1 (Renato Sanches) and young players with significant resale potential (Vitinha, Fabian, Soler). Above all, the club managed to slim down a large part of its undesirables (Kehrer, Wijnaldum, Herrera, Draxler, Kurzawa, Gueye). 8/10.

The PSG player Vitinha during the second day of Ligue 1 against Montpellier, at the Parc des Princes, in Paris, on August 13, 2022. (JEAN CATUFFE / AFP)

Wednesday August 31, lens achieved the biggest blow of its transfer market by extending its captain Seko Fofana until 2025, still highly coveted. The artesian club gave the impression of not going through this transfer window. The departures of Clauss, Doucouré and Kalimuendo were anticipated and were quickly offset by similar profiles (Cabot, Abdul Samed and Openda) capable of fitting into Franck Haise’s game project. 8/10.

The Toulouse brand has not changed since joining Ligue 1. Despite his promoted status, the TFC It did not lose any of its great protagonists, preserving its backbone, although it did make some adjustments by taking it from abroad. After the good picks Van den Boomen, Healey and Ratao, Damien Comolli’s club continued its search for nuggets abroad, at a lower price, looking for the Dutchman Dallinga, the Moroccan Aboukhal, the Swedish Zandén, the Serbian Birmancevic or again the Greek Tsingaras. Whether these bets will pay off remains to be seen. 7/10.

For him Renais Stadium, the last few hours have changed the situation. The fourth of the last championship gave the impression of going through a milestone in the transfer market, although keeping its best players (Traoré, Bourigeaud, Terrier). The Breton club have convinced the coveted Gouiri and Kalimuendo to sign on, while solving the goalkeeping problem with the signing of the experienced Steve Mandanda. One question remains about the central hinge, once again to be completely rebuilt around Rodon, Theate and Wooh. 7/10.

they have to convince

Some clubs have intrigued, surprised or sometimes surprised us and only time will tell if their choices have been relevant. The first name that comes to mind is Marseille Olympics whose squad has been very altered with 11 additions, but also the departure of an essential player like William Saliba and especially coach Jorge Sampaoli, who destabilized the team. The arrival of the Chilean Alexis Sánchez, passed by Barça, Inter or Arsenal, is the one that made the most noise, but the best shots could have been from the sides, with the French international Jonathan Clauss and Nuno Tavares (already scorer of 3 goals). ), very prominent at the beginning of the season. 6/10.

Nuno Tavares (left) with the president of Olympique de Marseille Pablo Longoria, at the Vélodrome stadium, on September 2, 2022. (SYLVAIN THOMAS / AFP)

At first glance, hiring Brest he looked very good (Lees-Melou, Slimani, Pereira Lage, Karamoko Dembélé, Mahdi Camara) but it is difficult for him to bear fruit at the start of the season. Like Rheims where the good performances of Junya Ito and Folarin Balogun have not yet materialized at the accounting level and the loss of Wout Faes (Leicester) will not be easy to replace.

Troyes, Clermont Y auxerre have significantly changed their workforce. ESTAC has never been so active in the transfer market, signing eleven new players, including the young Wilson Odobert and the experienced Rony Lopes. The promoted Auxerrois welcomed many signings whose performance in Ligue 1 is difficult to predict. The arrival of Benoît Costil as goalkeeper brings experience. For Clermont, the loss of the Hountondji-Abdul Samed-Bayo column is significant. Many bets have still been made abroad, with the hope of a second consecutive maintenance. 5/10.

It doesn’t seem like they’ve gotten any stronger.

As announced, lilac It was ripped this summer. Exit Sanches, Botman, Celik or Onana. In the other direction, Mohamed Bayo, Adam Ounas, Rémy Cabella and Jonas Martin have settled in the North. Recruits not necessarily at the level of their predecessors, but who know Ligue 1. 4.5/10.

Lille's Mohamed Bayo before the first day of Ligue 1 against Auxerre, at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, on August 7, 2022. (MATTHIEU MIRVILLE / AFP)

HAS nice, the 2022 transfer window has belied the future bets made since the Gymnasium was taken over by the Ineos group, with the departures of Dolberg, Gouiri and even Stengs. 12 recruits arrived, with more experienced players (Ramsey, Schmeichel, Laborde), but still this impression of awkwardness. 4.5/10.

Armand Laurenté’s departure from Lorient, in the last hours of the transfer window, was less expected. The best player of the Merlus, essential at this start of the season, has not been replaced. He leaves a void on the roster for Regis Le Bris, the new rookie coach among the pros. 4/10.

By losing Mollet and Ristic, Montpelier lost two starters. The good news is having kept Téji Savanier. In terms of arrivals, three of the seven signings were relegated to Saint-Etienne last season (Sacko, Khazri, Nordin), which is no guarantee of security. 4/10.

HAS Strasbourg, the squad has changed little, having moved closer to Europe. Full-backs Anthony Caci and Frédéric Guilbert jumped ship, replaced numerically by Thomas Delaine and Colin Dagba. Only five recruits and all for defensive purposes. 3.5/10.

Back in Ligue 1, ajaccio he did with his weapons to try and build an elite level squad. The Corsican club has chosen the experience. Their most notable additions are 35-year-olds (Mangani, Hamouma, Touzghar), players we could have found on the pitches of Ligue 2 this season. 3.5/10.

They end the summer frustrated

For Antoine Kombouaré, the transfer market has not been a long and calm river. HAS Nantes, the latter put pressure on his management and ended up managing to keep Ludovic Blas, a record that created tensions to the point of endangering the serenity harvested thanks to the recent coronation in the Coupe de France. The Canaries have not been hyperactive in the market, signing for alterations with three attacking players (Ganago, Mohamed and Guessand) and the French international Moussa Sissoko. 4/10.

The departure of Lucas Paquetá to West Ham changes many things in the transfer window of Olympique Lyonnais. The return to the club of Lacazette and Tolisso had excited the start of the summer, but the unexpected departure of the team’s best player leaves a great void. And after a failed season, the Rhône club failed to sell the players he wanted to get rid of (Aouar, Dembélé, Boateng). To play at the top of the table, a winger, or even a central defender, is always missing. 3.5/10.

Monegasque Mohamed Camara during the third matchday of Ligue 1 against Lens, at the Louis-II stadium, on August 20, 2022. (VALERY HACHE / AFP)

On the Côte d’Azur, not everything was rosy. HAS Monaco, the great file referred to the succession of Aurélien Tchouaméni, who left for Real Madrid. If Mohamed Camara seems perfect to replace him, he arrived too late, having lost qualification for the Champions League. He is also the only player with high potential, with a view to resale, in the middle of a wise transfer window with only five signings. 3.5/10.

The group by Angers He has moved a lot with 13 arrivals. Especially the starting lineup doesn’t have the same face anymore. The historical figures (Thomas, Traoré, Manceau, Mangani) and three of their best players (Ali-Cho, Fulgini, Cabot) have left the ship. His replacements are not priority objectives, which is already reflected in a disastrous start to the season (2 points in five games). 2/10.


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