Ligue 1 – Lyon – After his return to the group against Monaco, Aouar ready for a new start?

Ligue 1 – Lyon – After his return to the group against Monaco, Aouar ready for a new start?

Some English tracks including Nottingham, an opportunity in Spain with Betis. Rumors about Houssem Aouar have not been numerous this summer. Offers even less. However, it seemed to have been in place for many weeks: the environment trained in the Rhône was going to leave its club of hearts. Missed.

When the offer was sufficient, the standing of the club concerned was not in the eyes of the player. When the opportunity attracted them, OL did not find their account financially. This is how to roughly sum up the situation. Aouar’s rating has fallen at the same time as he has stopped progressing in recent years. As a result, he is off again for a season in Lyon. His last, when his contract expires next summer?

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This is the meaning of the story. Or was it? According to Footmercato, Lyon wants to offer a two-year contract extension to his foal, who would prove convincing in training. Maneuver of the player’s entourage or real will of the club, basically, it doesn’t matter. Because the two parties will have to live together in the coming months. And while it may not be entirely a marriage of love, it could be one of reason.

30 minutes since the start of the season

Let’s rewind a bit. Aouar has only been entitled to 30 minutes of play since the start of the Ligue 1 season. It was on the first day against Ajaccio, a match he had started as a starter before being sacrificed following the expulsion of Anthony Lopes. Since then, nothing. A nil justified by Peter Bosz at the beginning of September, two days before starting, in Lorient, a series of two defeats in a row in the league.

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“It’s always different reasons, explained the Dutchman about Aouar and Sinaly Diomandé. Houssem and Sinaly were injured. For me, they were not ready to enter the group. Doing one or two workouts after being out of the band for a week or two, that might be a reason…”

And the former Ajax coach to clarify: “If a player is busy with a transfer, I also leave him out. There are different reasons. You have to be 100% physically but also mentally to be included in the group.” Aouar now seems to meet these two criteria, since he returned to the group during the trip to Monaco last Sunday, while having noted that he would not leave for the moment. One last question remains: do OL need him?

Spoiler: everything suggests yes, starting with the situation of his club. Lyon remains on two defeats in a row and is struggling to convince in the game. Difficult, under these conditions, not to at least consider some changes. Which brings us directly to the question of his competitors in the midfield.

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Without counting the young Mohamed El Arouch, they are now six to claim three places in the 4-3-3 of Peter Bosz: Aouar, therefore, but also Tolisso, Caqueret, Lepenant, Faivre and Reine-Adélaïde. Tolisso has made it clear that he prefers the sentry position. The others, even if Lepenant can be considered as the former Bavarian’s understudy in front of the defense, are potential competitors for this position of number 8. But none or almost none is indisputable on what he has shown since the recovery .

Caqueret is not far from it, but his contribution in the last 30 meters is almost non-existent. Lepenant logically continues to learn, and is already playing much more than expected. Faivre has found neither its consistency nor its Brest creativity. Reine-Adélaïde, he did not really convince during his last entries, and was replaced at the break during his last tenure, at the end of August against Reims.

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Beyond the states of form of each, it is the question of the profiles that arises. If Tolisso plays lower, OL need a relay between their midfield and their attack, a player to complete the triangle between Lacazette and Tetê or Toko-Ekambi. It was Paqueta, it can’t be Caqueret – we saw that in Monaco – and it’s not yet Faivre.

If Aouar can be improved in many areas, including hitting the ball, he embodies this role, in a system that fits his profile very well. Eight goals and four assists last season, the same record the previous season: even since he’s been struggling, the 24-year-old knows how to be decisive. By way of comparison, his five competitors weigh in… one assist in seven matches this season, namely that of Faivre against Angers. It seems that there is a little room for Aouar…

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