We’re near the end of the 2012-2013 season, with a Bundesliga Schlacht (BvB!) taking place in the Champions League final. Most European leagues already know its champions, and we’ve had our share of surprises in those – both positive and negative ones.
Usually at the end of both of them, we’ll find good players in one of two situations: wanting out because the team’s performance was subpar, or wanting out because his value is at a peak after his team made a good campaign. That’s exactly where Chelsea should look during the next transfer window. Hopefully Mourinho and Emenalo will prove to be a good pairing!
While they can’t do this at the moment, why can’t we unite our collective minds to do so? I’ll give a few examples and you guys can follow with yours. It’s not a difficult exercise; just look at teams which over (small teams) or underperformed (big teams) this season, either domestically or internationally, and recall some names. We’ll decide if you’re either sapient or plain stupid.
We started with Italy…
…and now we’re going to France!
Olympique de Marseille
Marseille might have won a spot in CL group stage, but I’m not sure if they’ll be able to retain their top players. The same club that had Cesar Azpilicueta before he moved in to London also has the Ayew brothers, André and Jordan, André being a winger and Jordan a striker. While I favor Jordan over André, the latter is more of a known commodity and has been linked to a move elsewhere for a pretty good time. I’d also take a look at Cameroonian defender Nicolas N’Koulou, who didn’t have a very good season but is one of Marseille’s key players.
Lyon needs a win to assure them in the preliminary round of CL. It seems doable, but what matters here are their good players. One of them is Samuel Umtiti, a young defender with great potential. There’s also Clement Grenier, a midfielder who can also play behind the striker that has played in every youth squad of French’s national team while being featured in Lyon’s main team since the 2009-10 season.
There’s one player in this team that caught the attention of many: Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. His form hasn’t been as good as it was when the season started but I bet he wouldn’t be an expensive commodity.
Along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, there’s also another Gabonese player that has been making a good impression in France, and his name is Bruno Ecuele Manga. He suffered an injury at the start of the season and was out for nearly six months, still managing to start in over 15 games while maintaining his status as one of the best aerial defenders of the league.
Étienne Capoue has been linked to a move outside France since forever. Still, he hadn’t done it so far but his 2012-13 season where he scored 7 league goals while starting as a midfielder might get the attention of some top clubs. There’s also Serge Aurier, an Ivorian right-back some FM fans might be aware of, who’s been pretty solid for Toulouse this season.
That’s it. Feel welcome to add more names in the comments section. Farewell!