Mid-season, several recruits distinguished themselves in Ligue 1, whether in Rennes, Nice or Marseille. RMC Sport sets the eleven-type of recruits of the season 2018 – 2021.
Ivo Grbic (LOSC)
Enter Grbic, Donnarumma and Lopez, the goalkeeper position was the most difficult to decide. If the Parisian and the Marseillais present good figures at the time of closing this first part of the season, the Lille resident had the difficult task of replacing Maignan, who left for Milan. Despite his team’s 8th place, the mission is partly successful for the young Croatian, particularly decisive in the qualification of the LOSC for the knockout stages of the Champions League .
Achraf Hakimi (PSG)
The first star recruit of the Paris transfer window has rather confirmed his status and the hopes placed in him. More often winger than lateral, the right piston scored for his first friendly match and in Ligue 1, before registering a saving double in Metz (2-1) . His departure from CAN for the month of January is undoubtedly bad news for PSG.
William Saliba (OM)
If OM has the best defense in the championship (11 goals), this is largely thanks to his international hopes. The one who fully disputed 23 of 25 meetings of his team in all competitions does not suffer from any dispute, while he was already coming out of an already successful passage in Nice last season. On loan from Arsenal, he should however return to the Premier League at the end of the season.
Mamadou Sakho (Montpellier)
Impossible not to integrate Montpellier, fifth in the League 1, in this eleven of the best rookies. Symbol of the solidity of Hérault, Mamadou Sakho still argued 15 matches since the start of the season, despite its almost 25 years and his last seasons truncated by injuries. A state of form that he even allows him to still believe in the France team , while his last convocation dates back to 2018.
Przemyslaw Frankowski (Lens)
Arrived discreetly from Chicago, the Polish left piston quickly pushed Massadio Haidara onto the bench. Already author of 4 goals and 4 assists, he was decisive in crucial meetings, whether for the victorious goal in the derby against Lille (1-0) or his jewel that has frozen the Vélodrome (3-2) .
Mario Lemina (Nice)
Mario Lemina has shown that he is far from done. The former Marseillais, past Juventus, Turkey and the Premier League, returned to Ligue 1 after five years of absence. His good performances alongside fellow rookie Pablo Rosario balanced the Gym and greatly helped the club to second place at the break.
Lovro Majer (Rennes)
It took very little time Lovro Majer to conquer Roazhon Park and football lovers, after his late arrival from Dinamo Zagreb. By his silky left paw, he chained masterclass on masterclass, like his masterpieces against Lyon for his first tenure (4-1) or Saint-Etienne (5-0), a match where the Croatian delivered three assists.
Mattéo Guendouzi (OM)
Also on loan from the Gunners, Mattéo Guendouzi should stay in Marseille at the end of the season. His riding hair in the winds and his assertive character quickly stuck to the DNA of OM, where Sampaoli makes him a centerpiece at the heart of the game, whatever the system. Captain for a day in Lille, he also has 2 goals and 4 assists in the league.
Andy Delort (Nice)
The former MHSC captain started the season in Hérault but Galtier and his ambitious project got the better of his love for the Mosson. Andy Delort had a great start in Nice and, if he has slowed down a bit in recent weeks, the Algerian international will have a whole part of the season to keep his team on the second step of the podium.
Gaëtan Laborde (Rennes)
The former friend of Delort in Montpellier is experiencing a similar trajectory: departure at the start of the season and rapid adaptation in an innovative club which aims for the Europe. After half a season in Rennes, he already counts goals and 4 assists decisions in Ligue 1 and in Conference League , which could punctuate its second part of the season.
Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes)
Landed from Nordjealland at the end of July against 15 million euros, Ghanaian Kamaldeen Sulemana was unexpected at this level so quickly. He has only missed one Stade Rennes match in Ligue 1 since the start of the season and has ignited his left lane on several occasions. But it is on the right that the attacker of 15 years old scored his best goal, against Metz (3-0) .
Jules Aublanc Journalist RMC Sport