In recent weeks, Laurent Blanc has been forced to throw young people into the deep end at OL like Cherki or Barcola.
The results have been up and down since the start of the season and overall, the supporters of Olympique Lyonnais are not satisfied with the current situation, even if the season can be saved in the event of a victory in the Coupe de France. On the other hand, one point is very popular with observers of the Rhone club, it is the use of young people. Rayan Cherki and Bradley Barcola are now indisputable holders in the eyes of Laurent Blanc, forced to throw young people into the deep end of Ligue 1 after the departures of Head, Karl Toko-Ekambi or even Romain Faivre during the winter transfer window. Very greedy when it comes to young people from their training center, OL supporters always want more and would like to see more at work the promising Mohamed El Arouch, who achieved a good second half time in the Coupe de France against Grenoble and which has since not been used by Laurent Blanc.
Dembélé and Aouar, the White choices that make you cringe
A priori, OL supporters are not the only ones to demand more playing time for certain young people, such as Mohamed El Arouch or Saël Kumbedi. According to information from the Olympique & Lyonnais site, some of Laurent Blanc’s choices are quite poorly perceived by “some sources close to the club”. The OL coach is particularly criticized for favoring players such as Moussa Dembélé or Houssem Aouar to enter during the game, as in Lille on Friday evening for example (3-3). “In his desire to build a group with a real state of mind, Laurent Blanc must therefore still juggle between very short-term ambitions and a more distant vision” underlines the media, for whom Laurent Blanc wishes to integrate young people but also has short-term ambitions, namely to hang on to Europe, whether via the championship or the Coupe de France. This is why the OL coach continues to use Aouar and Dembélé, with a dubious state of mind and who we know will no longer be at the club next season. Because despite everything, these two players can bring in the very short term. Criticizable choices which push the supporters but also certain people within OL to express some doubts with regard to their coach.