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players to watch this season [2022/2023]

On the eve of the resumption of the Ligue 1 championship, the editorial staff of 11 Lille has decided to focus on the players to follow this season on the LOSC side. Between waiting for confirmation, potential that could hatch and executive players expected at the turn, we have selected four players to follow. Overview.

Jardim – Chevalier, a place for two

The biggest construction site of this Lille summer is certainly in the goals. After a season of confusion in the position, with Ivo Grbic mysteriously sidelined after a failed match in Paris, the goalkeeper position is still a big question. Author of interesting performances but not really reassuring in certain areas, Leo Jardim seems to be taking on the role of number 1 under the orders of Paulo Fonseca at the start of the season. Nevertheless, his position seems fragile as he has never really convinced to assert himself as a credible holder in a club claiming to play in Europe.

His suitor is very promising but does not seem to be favored for the moment despite his performances last year. True savior of a Valenciennes in distress, Lucas Chevalier displayed qualities on his line, in the air and in the vision of the game which make him a more than serious goalkeeper for the future for many good or even very good clubs in the game. ‘elite. Also good in recovery, he also demonstrated impressive mental qualities so as not to sink into a difficult situation. For the moment in the shoes of number 2, will he be able to reverse the trend to confirm his potential?

Adrian Rocher

Mohamed Bayo, the most anticipated

Recruited from Clermont for 14 million euros, Mohamed Bayo is so far the most expensive and undoubtedly the most anticipated recruit of this summer transfer window. Top scorer in Ligue 2 in 2020/2021, with 22 goals, the neo-Lilliois made the transition to Ligue 1 a perfect success, finding the net fourteen times with his training club last season. Enough to convince LOSC to break the piggy bank to repatriate him to the North, after a year in National with Dunkirk (2019/2020), in the hope of seeing him continue his constant progress with the Mastiffs. Rather in view during the summer preparation, with in particular a goal against Cadiz, Mohamed Bayo must now confirm his good dispositions in official competition.

It remains to identify the nature of his association with Jonathan David, the two men having rather shown a good connection during the friendly matches of the summer. Too often dependent on Canadian performance last season, LOSC found the ideal antidote in the person of Mohamed Bayo. Will the two men be fully compatible in Paulo Fonseca’s scheme? Will Mohamed Bayo manage to take a new step to settle in a candidate club for Europe? So many questions that arouse a lot of curiosity at the start of this new season.

Romain PECHON

Edon Zhegrova, the real outbreak?

We already know that Edon Zhegrova is a player with undeniable qualities. Fairly little used by Jocelyn Gourvennec last season (five starts), the Kosovar international has everything to gain in the reshuffle that LOSC experienced this summer. With a Jonathan Bamba far from indisputable holder, a still inconstant Timothy Weah, the former FC Basel player has a niche to take. The advantage of the arrival of Edon Zhegrova last winter is that he should not have this famous adaptation time that a player observes when he signs for a new club. The attacker will therefore be operational, and well integrated into a project he knows from August, for the first day.

Last season, even if he played little, Edon Zhegrova was able to show all his qualities to the Lille public. The third coming into play was good for him, scoring his first goal in Ligue 1 on March 6 against Clermont (4-0). Far from being satisfied, the Kosovar will do it again a month later, in Angers, to allow his team to grab a point. From now on, it will be necessary that the native of Herford, in Germany, pass a course to become an indisputable holder of the team of Paulo Fonseca. To date, Edon Zhegrova has never scored in the Lille jersey as a starter. Will he be able to continue his progress and become an essential player for LOSC?

Arthur LASSERON

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