Squad, transfers and goals for the season

Niort is starting its 9th consecutive season in Ligue 2 with the firm intention of not experiencing the cold sweats of the maintenance battle.

Niort’s record last season

For the first time in 3 years, the Chamois Niortais have come out of a successful season in Ligue 2. Unlike the two previous years, Niort never experienced the red zone last season. Constantly in the top 10 throughout the 2021-2022 financial year, the Chamois Niortais finally concluded the season in a bitter 13th place. The reason for this disappointment: a failed end to the season with 3 defeats in the last 4 games. Nevertheless, Sébastien Desabre, the coach of the Chamois, succeeded in his bet to advance his very young group (the youngest average age in the championship).

The movements of the off-season

With limited means, Niort once again recruited smart. The biggest blow of the Chamois Niortais on this transfer window is undoubtedly the signing of Charles Kaboré. Without a club since leaving Dynamo Moscow in the summer of 2021, the former OM midfielder will try to revive with the Deux-Sèvres club. As was the case during the two previous transfer windows with Bilal Boutobba and Samy Benchamma, Niort welcomed a new player from the Montpellier reserve, Ryan Bakayoko. Kévin Rocheteau who returns to the club, Amadou Sagna and Dylan Durivaux complete this recruitment.

These arrivals compensate for the departures of major players such as Ibrahim Sissoko (Sochaux), Dylan Louisière (Guingamp) or Darlin Yongwa (Lorient). In addition, Quentin Braat (Real Oviedo), Joseph Mendes (Rodez) and Quentin Bena were not kept by the Niortaise management. In conflict with Sébastien Desabre, Tom Lebeau joined Concarneau on loan.

The arrivals :

Ryan Bakayoko (Montpellier), Dylan Durivaux (Guingamp), Charles Kaboré (free), Kévin Rocheteau (Dunkirk), Amadou Sagna (Club Bruges)

Departures :

Quentin Bena (Free), Quentin Braat (Real Oviedo), Tom Lebeau (Ready to Concarneau), Dylan Louiserre (Guingamp), Joseph Mendes (Rodez), Ibrahim Sissoko (Sochaux), Darlin Yongwa (Lorient)

The workforce of Niort:

Here is the Chamois Niortais squad for this new Ligue 2 BKT season

Goalkeepers: Yanis Maronne, Mathieu Michel, Jean Louchet

Defenders: Ibrahima Conté, Dylan Durivaux, Guy-Marcellin Kilama, Bradley M’Bondo, Joris Moutachy, Tao Sako, Lenny Vallier

Midfielders: Bilal Boutobba, Samy Benchamma, Yohan Cassubie, Nacim El Hassani, Charles Kaboré, Oumar Ngom, Junior Olaitan, Samuel Renel,

Attackers: Ryan Bakayoko, Godwin Bentil, Sidi Cissé, Yanis Merdji, Kévin Rocheteau, Amadou Sagna, Tyrone Tormin, Moataz Zenzemi

Niort: Ambitions and rankings

With 4 descents this season, the Chamois are entering a high-risk season. Niort will have to fight first of all to stay in this Ligue 2. For this, the experience of Sébastien Desabre who is entering his third season as coach of the Deux-Sévriens will be beneficial.

Announced on departure, the French technician finally decided to continue the adventure. A good thing for Niort because since his arrival the club has progressed from year to year (18th the first year, 13th last season). If the Chamois show more regularity this season, it would not be surprising to see them grab a place in the top 10. Something that the club based in Deux-Sèvres has not achieved since the 2016-2017 season ( 10th).

Player to watch:

Top scorer and passer for the Chamois last season with 7 goals and 7 assists in 37 games, Bilal Boutobba has finally had a full season with the pros. Launched by a certain Marcelo Bielsa at OM, the Marseille native never managed to impose himself in his training club. After two new failures in Seville then in Montpellier, Bilal Boutobba has been making Niort happy for two seasons. Having become the technical boss of the Chamois, the right winger will have to finally confirm the hopes placed in him this season. If so, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Marseille native decided to leave Deux-Sèvres next summer to aim higher.

The Niort calendar:

The club based in Deux-Sèvres will start its championship with a trip to Annecy. After Annecy, Niort could have to deal with the Girondins de Bordeaux during the 3rd day. Note, a gala match on the return from the winter break against AS Saint-Etienne on the occasion of the 19th day which will take place on Friday 13 January. Niort will have the advantage of concluding with two receptions (Annecy and Quevilly-Rouen) in 3 games. The opportunity to stock up on points at the René-Gaillard stadium for Chamois who traditionally have trouble finishing their season.

Calendar Niort

Credit: Chamois Niortais

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