The transfer window closed its doors eight days ago. With 11 signings and three loan returns, ASSE has been very active in the arrivals department. In the same way, it has also managed to reduce its squad of players that are impossible to maintain sportingly or economically. While the arrival of a joker is always possible, should the Greens welcome a 15th player…? What sector of the game could benefit from it? folders.
Laurent Batlles and Loïc Perrin must feel a form of satisfaction after a smooth transfer window. If it is too soon to assess the quality of the players who have settled at St-Etienne, the degreasing operation is already a success with 20 departures from the club. Nine players were left without a contract, four returned to their club after being loaned to ASSE, four were sold and allowed ASSE to collect €20 million, and three were loaned out.
The coffers are therefore full and the payroll has melted like snow in the sun with the departure of the highest paid players in the group. With the departures of Khazri, Boudebouz and Aouchiche alone, ASSE has reduced its payroll by more than 500,000 euros!
The economic health of the Greens, forced to reduce their lifestyle now that they have relegated to League 2, is in good shape and should allow them to deliver the final blow in the transfer market. The Greens have the possibility of signing a player outside the transfer market since the regulations authorize clubs to transfer a player from another French club, even after the end of the summer transfer market that took place last Thursday in 23 hours.
Strengthen the piston station?
All doubt remains as to whether the hiring of a new player is appropriate given the current situation of the squad that Laurent Batlles has. Certain sectors of the game have undergone a major facelift, such as defense, for example. With many starts and a defense as permeable as it was traumatized last season, new blood was needed. On the axis, Anthony Briançon, Jimmy Giraudon and Léo Pétrot came to support the few survivors of this transfer window who are Mickaël Nadé, Saïdou Sow (courted in Turkey on this last transfer day in this country) or Abdoulaye Bakayoko. Laurent Batlles wants to field a three-man defence, so there is no use recruiting in this sector of the game, which only asks to gain automation. If Giraudon and Briançon seem immovable, Bakayoko, still a bit “green”, has a good card to play. The defensive sector includes fiery players who will not be too many six to offset the penalties that will soon hurt him.
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The 343 also requires quality pistons. True pillars of the system installed by Laurent Batlles, it is about having long-lasting, fast, technical, quick and good players both in defense and attack. Suffice it to say that the profile is rare… At ASSE, it is Yvann Maçon and Sergi Palencia who assume this role. If Yvann Maçon seems to be back in the game, he shows some defensive limits and delivers performances that are still too patchy. Behind him, Gabriel Silva is no more effective and does not seem to offer guarantees to Batlles, as for Callodat, he is not scheduled to play regularly as a professional. So there is a void to be filled at this position, but perhaps not as urgently as on the right. Indeed, behind Sergi Palencia there are few players who can occupy that piston role. If a joker were to arrive, it could remarkably fill this sector.
A proportionate means but an attack to be refined…
In the midfield, ASSE has been strengthened quantitatively and qualitatively. The Greens will be able to count on a proportionate midfielder who has won in technique with the young Bouchouari in particular. Monconduit, Mouton, Lobry, Gabard and Moueffek complete the midfield that, on paper, does not look like it will host a new player.
In attack, if the scoring position is now shared by Wadji and Krasso, it is the interior offenses that draw Batlles’ attention, which has welcomed many reinforcements in this sector of the game since June. Cafaro, Aiki, Pintor and Lobry can evolve in this position. Young people from the center will also be called upon to take on this role, such as Bile or Saban. The sector of play, however, lacks bench depth and the choice of leaders, if not for a right piston, should be geared towards a versatile attacker capable of playing this role. The Lihadji rumor (LOSC) has also confirmed the trend…
In conclusion, the Greens should take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen Laurent Batlles’ group. However, if a right-handed piston were to be welcomed, it would seem that a versatile attacker is what is wanted. Will ASSE’s defensive problems force Loïc Perrin and Laurent Batlles to change course? Saturday’s game against Bordeaux could bring its share of answers… and perhaps guide the Greens in their thinking.
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