Hello and welcome back to Les Aiglons/ Bonjour et bienvenue Les Aiglons.
Last time out we saw how our third season in charge of OGC Nice unfolded. Despite an uninspiring seventh-place finish in Ligue 1, not all was wasted, as were able to triumph over our fellow South Coast inhabitants Marseille in the Europa Conference League Final which secures us a Europa League place in Season Four.
Vive La Jeunesse
I think it’s save to say that we have generated a decent core of youth talent in the South of France so far, so it would make sense to introduce these talents that you are likely to see feature more heavily over the next few seasons.
Defenders (2): Guy Phillipe is a strong ball playing defender who we signed from Auxerre for £9.5 million this season. He become a regular contributor for the first team appearing twenty times scoring twice and turning creator for another.
Corentin Loukiama is a pacy attacking wing back who was signed from Paris Saint Germain back in season two for a mere £1.9k. He has solidified his position as starting right back in season four appearing twenty-eight times in the league creating eight goals.
Midfielders (2): Lorenzo Depuidt is a creative midfielder who can operate in either the middle of the park or further forward. He possesses great passing, vision and technique. Just like Philippe and Louakiama, Depuidt made twenty-eight appearances scoring twice and creating four times, notching up two man of the match awards.
Thibault Reboul just like Depuidt is a creative midfielder well versed in playing in the centre of the park or in a more slightly advanced attacking role. Unlike Depuidt he only made seven partial appearances from the bench in season four, but he remains one to watch going forward.
Attackers (2): Matias Arezo, the first non-French talent included on this list, as mentioned in a previous post he joined in season two from River Plate de Montiviedo for £1.1m and has notched up 72 appearances for Le Gym to date scoring seventeen goals and creating a further five. Whilst not setting the world alight, we have to remember that he is still only twenty years old.
Kenny Coutty a player produced from our first youth intake and someone who loos like he will be a club stalwart for years to come. He posses wonderful technical abilities for someone of his age which earned him a move from the reserves to the first team in the second part of the season where he made ten appearances notching up one score.
Batteurs de Records
Season four turned out to be one for the record books for individual feats.
Season four saw Les Aiglons secure another Coupe de France title, in what I would categorize as our most difficult set of opponents.
As do all Ligue 1 sides, we enter the Coupe de France in the 9th Round against Ajaccio, where we secured a comfortable three-nil victory.
From hereon in we faced exclusively Ligue 1 sides, which were as follows:
- 10th Round – 5-0 vs Bordeaux
- 11th Round – 3-1 vs Troyes
- Quarter Final – 4-0 vs Rennes
- Semi Final – 1-0 vs Monaco
The final once again saw us come up against Paris Saint Germain, and thanks to two early goals from Brazao and Arezo we took the lead following a disastrous own goal from Mavropanos in the fourth minute. The lead was short-lived as Leon Bailey equalised in the thirty-second minute, and this is was how it would stay until the eighty-fourth minute when record-breaker Dolberg grabbed the winner.
Season four delivered what was described as a “golden generation” for Le Gym.
There were three key players I have identified with potentially challenging for a first team place within the next few seasons.
- Gary Tardy is a pacy wide man who looks like he could be developed into a creative winger due to his strong crossing, dribbling and technique.
- Yaw Acquah is a Ghanian ball winning midfielder who possesses outstanding physical abilities for a sixteen-year-old. However, I think he would be a better option for Les Aiglons as a ball playing defended as a potential partner to Guy Philippe in years to come.
- Samuel Narcissot is an attacking midfielder who possesses great vision and technique but needs vast improvements in other mental and technical attributes but at sixteen years old he stands a good change of moving on to the first team in years to come.
- Titouan Gueguen is a ball playing defender who was poached from our academy by our local rivals Marseille, unlucky for him as Marseille have vastly under performed during our tenure as Nice manager.
Bilan de fin de Saison
Fin de la Saison
Andre Anderson, our club-record signing at £18.35 million from Lazio dominated the end of season awards winning; Fans player of the season, signing of the season and young player of the season.
He made forty appearances, seven coming from the bench scoring eleven goals and creating a further ten whilst notching up a club record seven player of the match awards.
Anderson despite only joining Les Aiglons this season he is already commanding a lot of interest from other European clubs but we will do our best to hold on to him.
Thanks once again for joining me to recap season four of our journey with Les Aiglons.
I hope that you will join me again to see if we can bring further silverware back to the South of France and make inroads into closing the gap on Paris Saint Germain and take another shot at the Europa League.
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