It was announced yesterday that Lyon academy graduate Jordan Ferri has left on loan to join Nîmes Olympique. While not a fresh face out of the academy, he has only known Olympique Lyonnais as a professional player. It’s a new chapter for Jordan Ferri in a career that has never reached the heights of other famous OL graduates.
The hard working midfielder has always been a welcome presence in the OL dressing room, making himself available for his coach and teammates at every given opportunity. He has had the hard time of watching his close academy buddies all move abroad to some of the biggest clubs in Europe. With Umtiti leaving to Barcelona, Lacazette to Arsenal, and Tolisso to Bayern München, Jordan has been left behind to warm the bench at Lyon.
Much like Grenier before him, Ferri’s best days are behind him. His most fruitful spells at Lyon were during the 14/15 season under Hubert Fournier, where OL returned to the Champions League, and the 15/16 season under Fournier and Genesio. In Ligue 1 Ferri played over 2400 minutes in both those seasons but failed to reach that next level required of him to hold a starting place.
The loan move to Nîmes makes complete sense for all parties involved. Jordan will be guaranteed minutes in a team fighting for position in Ligue 1, where he brings his experience, endeavor, and that fighting spirit that has made him synonymous with “FC Castagne”. It benefits Nîmes as they replace long term injured Mustapha Diallo outside the transfer window as their joker signing.
With no purchase option at the end of the loan, it lets OL and Jordan call the shots at the end of the year. Whether he stays in Ligue 1 next season with Nîmes, or he earns a transfer to a more stable Ligue 1 club, the hope for Jordan is that his move away from OL can be as successful as Grenier’s was last season.
This also frees a space in the midfield rotation for the academy starlet Maxence Caqueret. The young player boasts a rare midfield profile much like Xavi but has not signed a professional contract yet, so it’s an opportunity to include another OL “crack” into the first team, much like Aouar before him.
As we say goodbye to an OL faithful, we look ahead to the future. Good luck to Jordan and the rest of his career away from OL. We will always remember his commitment and love for the club!
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