In the same spirit, often with a view to unearthing new nuggets, Ligue 1 relies heavily on Ligue 2. Revelation of last season in the Sochaux jersey, winger Alan Virginius (19) signed for Lille. However, he will probably have to wait a few months to claim a significant playing time (only 32 minutes played so far). Trained in Caen, Johann Lepenant did not wait to make his mark in the jersey of Olympique Lyonnais. An adaptation all the more impressive as it takes place in a club at the top of the table. Still between Saône and Rhône, the promising Saël Kumbedi (17), arrived from Le Havre, should evolve into a role as Malo Gusto’s understudy.
The Le Havre club, which was really stripped this summer, saw two other of its great hopes sign in clubs of the French elite. The colossus Isaak Touré joined Marseille. Amir Richardson was recruited by Reims, but will continue to cut his teeth in his training club during this season.
Also note the arrival of the Comorian international, Youssouf M’Changama (Auxerre, from Guingamp), and the Cameroonian international, Jean Onana (Lens, from Bordeaux).
In the other direction, many Ligue 1 clubs are sending their prospects downstairs to hone their skills. Anthony Musaba (loaned to Metz by Monaco), Loum Tchaouna (loaned by Rennes to Dijon), Marvin Senaya (loaned by Strasbourg to Rodez) or even Hianga’a Mbock – brother of the player Griedge – loaned to Caen by Brest.