Most refer to it as the good old transfer window. Some call it the Silly Season. If you are an Olympique Lyonnais fan, you might know it as Reverse Christmas, or that time of the year when your favorite club is pillaged, rather than showered in gifts.
As a Lyon fan, I’m usually too busy feeling sorry for my own team to care much over the troubles of others. But Nice’s predicament is woeful enough that it’s caught notice around the world, and frankly, it makes Lyon look like a club that has its shit together.
Yeah, Nice is that badly off.
We’re only 3 games in, and a lot can change, but Nice have played some of their easier opponents – Reims, Caen, and Dijon. Two of those games have been at home, and yet Nice have taken only 1 point and have conceded 6 goals (while scoring only 1). Their journey only becomes harder because after Lyon, they’ll next be facing Rennes, Montpellier, and PSG.
Friday, August 31st, 2018
Parc OL, Lyon
2:45 PM EST (20:45 CET, 19:45 CET)
We all saw the warning signs. Myziane Maolida, coming off a fantastic U19 campaign, was facing the prospect of another season at OL spent in the reserves. Lyon were already overloaded with attackers, and their recent if somewhat inexplicable signing of Reo Griffiths was the final nail in Maolida’s coffin.
In comes Nice to save the day. They made an offer that Lyon just couldn’t refuse, and next thing you know, Maolida is taking leisurely strolls down the French Riviera.
Olympique Lyonnais fans woke up to the news that the club had signed Tottenham academy grad Reo Griffiths to a four year professional contract.
There were a number of clubs interested, such as Barca, PSG, and Real Madrid, but OL won the race for his signature. The cost of transfer has not been released.
Ok, fine. Lyon found another hotshot player. Great.
Nearly two months into the transfer window, and all there is to show are a bunch of half-baked rumors plus a lot of interview clips with Jean-Michel Aulas straight up lying to everyone’s faces.
As discussed ad nauseum, Lyon need at least one, if not two central defenders. Marcelo will likely leave, and that will leave Jeremy Morel as the senior CB. His partners will be two kids just promoted from the B team.