Matt Miazga’s loan spell at FC Nantes turned from promising to terrible in the space of just a few games and one key change, the sacking of head coach Miguel Cardoso after just one league win in the first two months of the season, and appointing Vahid Halilhodžić.
Miazga had started 7 of Cardoso’s 8 matches. He started Halilhodžić’s first, which Nantes lost memorably, 3-0, and has not been since (he’s been playing with the B team).
During a visit to Miazga last month, Chelsea loanee liaison and coach (and former goalkeeper coach) Christophe Lollichon tried to get to the bottom of the situation. Unfortunately, the facts aren’t lying, and Miazga has indeed been “banished” to the reserves. Fortunately, Chelsea can recall the 23-year-old USA international next month.
“Matt is very well educated and respectful of the choices of the coach. The staff praises his attitude in training. He did not change one iota. In the dressing room, he is also very appreciated.”
“He’s not in a good situation. But, you know, it goes fast in football... In any case, we want our loan players to play as much as possible. Yes, it is possible to break a loan.”
-Christophe Lollichon; source: 20 Minutes via Google Translate
And going by Lollichon’s words, that recall seems inevitable. Miazga needs to play and he isn’t getting a chance at Nantes anymore.