In great difficulty since last season, ASSE needs to strengthen properly, in order to hold the road in Ligue 1 next season, if it finally validates its maintenance in the elite this season. But things are looking bad for Claude Puel’s team. The latter has made a worrying announcement about the upcoming summer mercato.
ASSE: Puel, “we will not be able to be present on the next mercato”
Claude Puel announced the color on the summer mercato of ASSE. A little more than two months before the opening of the summer market, he already dashed hopes of recruiting new players as reinforcements. Before his crucial match against Montpellier HSC on Sunday (17:05) at the Mosson stadium, the general manager of AS Saint-Etienne revealed the trend for the mercato of the Stephanois. “There are so many players affected by covid-19, injuries or small alerts. We are looking to give playing time (to young players, ed. note). We have a development role, because we will not be able to be present on the next mercato, “he said. As a reminder, Sainté is looking for a top striker capable of scoring at least 15 goals per season. The two current top scorers of the Greens, Denis Bouanga and Wahbi Khazri have only 7 goals each, in 32 and 18 games respectively.
Young players launched in Ligue 1
Note that ASSE is one of the teams that use the most young people trained in its training center in Ligue 1. Claude Puel has already called up or lined up the following players this season in Ligue 1 or in the French Cup. Etienne Green (goalkeeper, 20 years old), Lucas Gourna-Douath (17 years old), Aïmen Moueffek (20 years old), Charles Abi (21 years old), Baptiste Gabard (21 years old), Mahdi Camara (22 years old), Rayan Souici (23 years old), Saïdou Sow (19 years old), Maxence Rivera (18 years old), Bilal Benkhedim (20 years old) and Boubacar Fall (20 years old) There are also Yvann Maçon (22 years), Adil Aouchiche (18 years) and Zaydou Youssouf (21 years) who play with the professional team, but who were not trained with the Greens.