Reeled In: Welsh Midfielder Jess Fishlock Joins OL Féminin On Loan

For a second there, Jess Fishlock may have thought she might get a chance to relax this offseason.  She’s been bouncing back and forth between the Seattle Reign in the NWSL and Melbourne City in Australia’s W-League for a few years, and no one could have blamed her if this time around she wanted a few months to relax and recover after the NWSL season wrapped up.

Then Lyon came calling.  Big club, meet tiny dragon.

It’s already been quite a week for the central midfielder.  Since the club announced her arrival on loan on Monday, Fishlock has made it to Lyon, picked up her #24 jersey, met the French press, rediscovered the perils of driving a stick shift, and, oh yeah, hit the field with her new teammates.  And with Coach Reynald Pedros announcing Wednesday that Fishlock could be ready for game action as soon as Sunday in Rodez, things are moving fast.

So where does the Seattle Reign star fit in with the European champs?

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Boulevard of broken dreams: Lyon’s woeful transfer updates

It’s near midnight on 8/28, so I’m aware that there’s still two days left where things could drastically change. But Lyon have a poor track record of happy surprises, so I’m going to tackle their mercato – or lack thereof.

I confess that I debated awhile if I should even post. No one has any idea what’s going on, and what the media is reporting is often times incorrect and sometimes a straight up lie. So if anything I wrote below is false, blame Bilel.

(Note: I wrote this in the evening of 8/28 in US Eastern time). By the time this posts, some of this information may be outdated because I may be sleeping when Aulas finally decides to do some business.)

Aulas: We don’t need transfers, we’re fine just the way we are!

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And then there were none: Lyon fail at signing defenders

Defending so hard.

To an outsider, Olympique Lyonnais must resemble a stereotypical spoiled child, with its sterling bank balance and its president strutting on Twitter. Internally, however, things are a bit different.

OL has been in dire need of central defenders for over a year. But in spite of their obvious defensive shortcomings, the club procrastinated until the prospect of failure became too real to ignore. With five days left until the transfer window shuts for good, the club’s slow pace to conclude signings has left a defense that is very similar to how it started.

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Ruben Dias takes off his shirt, plus other pointless transfer news

Things have gotten so desperate for Lyon fans that they’re just making things up at this point. Case in point, this past Saturday during Benfica’s away game against Boavista, Ruben Dias was walking off the pitch, turned around and went back to the Benfica supporters, and then threw his jersey into the crowd. Nothing out of the ordinary except he was the only one to do so. The other Benfica players kept their clothes on.

While most of world sees this as fake news, Lyon fans see this as sign that Dias is saying goodbye in the only way footballers know how, which is to take off their sweaty, smelly shirts and give it to people who are desperate and have no lives and probably have their club’s name tattooed above their butts in a trampstamp.

No, I’m not talking about myself. I’m not.

Look at those abs tho

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Lyon will sign Jason Denayer, and no one knows how to feel about it

It’s been an emotional 24 hours for OL fans.

First, L’Equipe reported that the signing of Ruben Dias was imminent. Everyone started making posters for his arrival at the airport. The Groupama cafeteria placed an online order for salted fish. I personally downloaded a Portuguese language app so I would be ready to comment on his Instagram.

Lyon fans were overjoyed. Finally, the defender we all deserved.

Then, my friend Bilel posted this tweet:

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Benfica to Aulas: put out or get out

Ruben Dias…is he the one to propel Lyon to the next stage of its growth?

Negotiations over Ruben Dias have reached a point of no return.

Lyon have been stalking him for awhile, and it’s safe to say that everyone at the club is obsessed with him. Unlike Yerry Mina, who had garnered split opinions with Lyon’s recruiting cell, approval for Dias has been unanimous.

Aulas likes him, Genesio likes him, Florian Maurice likes him (he has a picture of Dias in his wallet), the fans like him, even the cafeteria lady likes him. So what’s the hold up?

His release clause.

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