The 2021/22 French Ligue 1 season will be interesting to watch because of the presence of a number of star players, especially at Paris Saint-Germain. However, it is not only PSG who have a row of quality players. Other French clubs also have players who can shine this season, one of which is Olympique Marseille.
Yes, Marseille made a smart move in the transfer market yesterday by bringing in five loan players who turned out to be able to immediately look good at the beginning of this season. These players were brought in from big clubs outside France and they have proven their quality. Here are the 5 players.
1. William Saliba
First there is William Saliba, a French centre-back who was loaned by Marseille from Arsenal. Saliba was brought to Arsenal in 2019 when he was 18 years old, but until now he has not played once with the Gunners . Saliba has been on loan to other clubs, including to Marseille at the start of this season.
Saliba is predicted to be a potential defender who can become Arsenal’s future player. This is reflected in his performance at the beginning of this season. He has made 7 appearances for Marseille, all in full . Saliba also contributed to making Marseille perched in third place in the Ligue 1 standings.
2. Matteo Guendouzi
Saliba is not the only player that Marseille has loaned from Arsenal this season. They also borrowed Matteo Guendouzi, a 22-year-old French midfielder who has joined the Gunners since 2018. Guendouzi had a core place in the Arsenal squad and has recorded 82 games in all competitions with a record of 1 goal and 5 assists .
With Marseille at the start of this season, Guendouzi also gained enough trust. He has appeared 8 times and scored 1 goal and 1 assist . If he continues to perform well, it could be that Guendouzi will be made permanent by Marseille because his contract includes a purchase option at the end of the season.
3. Cengiz Under
There is also Cengiz Under, a winger from Turkey who was loaned by Marseille from AS Roma. Under has played for Roma since 2017 and he has made 88 appearances with 17 goals and 12 assists . Last season Under scored just 2 goals and 3 assists in 19 games in all competitions.
However, with Marseille at the start of this season, Under’s sharpness managed to increase. He has appeared 8 times in all competitions and scored 4 goals. Like Guendouzi, Under can also be bought by Marseille at the end of the season because there is a purchase option in his contract.
4. Paul Lopez
In addition to outfield players , Marseille also borrowed a goalkeeper, namely Pau Lopez who is also an AS Roma player. Lopez is a Spanish goalkeeper who has defended Roma since 2019. He has recorded 76 appearances for Roma so far, but his statistics are not special, conceding 93 times and only keeping 18 clean sheets .
Lopez was then loaned to Marseille this season and it turned out that he appeared quite slick at the beginning of the season. Lopez has played 5 times and 3 of those matches have ended with clean sheets . It seems, Lopez is plotted to be the main goalkeeper of Marseille this season and so far he has carried out his role well.
5. Amine Harit
Finally, there is Amine Harit, an attacking midfielder from Morocco who is on loan from Bundesliga club, Schalke 04. During his time at Schalke, Harit appeared in 119 matches in all competitions and scored 13 goals and 23 assists . This performance made Marseille interested in borrowing him and so far Harit has not disappointed.
Harit has played 5 times for Marseille, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist . This season is not Harit’s first season in Ligue 1 because even before playing for Schalke he started his career in France with Nantes. This experience helped Harit have no trouble adapting to the Ligue 1 atmosphere.
Marseille managed to prove that borrowing players can be a smart transfer move if they can choose the right players to borrow. If the players above continue to perform well, they can make Marseille difficult for PSG in Ligue 1, maybe even become champions.