OL force for many years, the young people of the academy have been managed in a funny way in recent months, and some are leaving the club against all odds. While Peter Bosz wants to rely on this youth, their management raises many questions.
The announcement fell at 6:15 p.m., Friday July 16, on OL’s social networks. “Olympique Lyonnais informs that they have reached an agreement in principle with OGC Nice for the transfer of defender Melvin Bard. The two clubs specify that the transfer, in the amount of 3 million euros, to which may be added incentives for a maximum amount of 2 million euros and 20% on a possible future capital gain, will be effective provided that the left side can satisfy the medical examination. ” An unexpected transfer, while the now ex-Lyon side is currently in Tokyo to play the Olympic Games with the France team.
– Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) July 16, 2021
This departure is all the more surprising as Melvin Bard was present at the resumption of the men of Peter Bosz, who was only able to coach the international hope for two days, while Maxwel Cornet benefits from an exit voucher and the club needs to sell. In addition, the side has always proclaimed his love for OL and really wanted to win. The suddenness of this announcement also went badly among some supporters, who saw Melvin Bard win in his training club, after a delicate first year under the orders of Rudi Garcia (18 games, 8 starts), who preferred to develop Maxwel Cornet a notch lower or shift Mattia De Sciglio to the left, leaving him only crumbs.
The previous Gouiri and Kalulu
The case of Melvin Bard, Lyon’s fourth left side with Cornet, Koné and Henrique, is not the only one to highlight in recent months. Last summer, Amine Gouiri also packed his bags for the Côte d’Azur, when he was considered the future of OL as a striker. “Lyon had a great team with a lot of starters. This is also why I chose Nice. (…) These are his choices (to Rudi Garcia, Editor’s note). There was, however, a good feeling. If Lyon don’t play in the European Cup, there won’t be a lot of rotation in attack. I spoke with Juninho. He understood my choice to join Nice ” , explained the attacker in the columns of Nice morning.
The same summer, Pierre Kalulu had also decided not to continue the adventure in the Rhône, by signing his first professional contract with AC Milan, the best project according to the 21-year-old defender. “AC Milan cared a lot for me. It was a unique opportunity. No one can predict what would have happened if I had stayed in Lyon. Maybe everything would have gone well, maybe not. Milan was also a leap into the unknown. There were bound to be apprehensions. But there was also a real interest and a real project behind it. This is why I leaned for Italy ” , confided the defender Red-black at Eurosport. This waltz of youth departures is also due to the lack of confidence of Rudi Garcia, who has never really given importance to the members of the academy, yet renowned as one of the best in France and in Europe. (Benzema, Martial, Lacazette, Fekir, Tolisso, Umtiti are trained at OL, Editor’s note). Under the Garcia era, only Houssem Aouar and Maxence Caqueret were able to find their place in the eleven Rhone.
Young people, the spearhead of Peter Bosz’s project
Moreover, the former coach of Lille and Roma was often annoyed with each question asked on the subject. “I have the impression here that when you play two players, you should play four, when you play four, you should play eight … Stop a little with that. Maxence Caqueret, Rayan Cherki and Melvin Bard, it was I who made them play here, and no one else before me ” , railed against the former Rhone coach in the show OL Night System, last August 28. Annoyed, destabilized, the pitchouns of the academy necessarily viewed the appointment of Peter Bosz as the new coach of Lyon with a good eye. Used to giving young people a chance at Ajax or Germany, the Dutchman did not hide his impatience to “Discover the academy players” the day of its presentation, May 3.
Since the takeover on 1is July, the former Bayer Leverkusen coach also called on nine Lyon nuggets (Kayne Bonnevie, Castello Lukeba, Titouan Thomas, Mohamed El Arouch, Habib Keita, Sekou Lega, Samuel Bossiwa, Eli Wissa and Bradley Barcola), in plus the youngsters regularly called up last season by Garcia (Florent Da Silva, Rayan Cherki, Malo Gusto). A logical choice, because “Young people need experience, and for that, you have to play. You have to give them a lot of confidence, talk a lot with them. I did not know them when I arrived. They are very good players. Some still need time, we will give them some ” , summarized the coach on OLTV, who is ready to play the young if he considers them better than the holders. But still they should be prevented from leaving the ship one by one …
By Analie Simon