Without upsetting everything, OM should still make some changes to their workforce during the winter transfer window.
Fourth in Ligue 1 before the World Cup, Olympique de Marseille is back in the race for the podium thanks to two crucial victories against OL and then Monaco. However, these two victories should not make the Marseille leaders forget certain shortcomings that were visible during this first part of the season. This is how according to L’Equipe, Pablo Longoria will not remain inactive during the winter transfer window. The idea is to strengthen Igor Tudor’s team without turning it upside down. Two positions are targeted by the OM staff: attacking midfielder and central defender. Even before Amine Harit’s serious knee injury, the idea of the leaders of Olympique de Marseille was to recruit an attacking midfielder to compensate for Gerson’s return to Flamengo. This need has been accentuated by the injury of the Moroccan, whose season is most likely over.
A reinforcement in defense, everything depends on Bailly
In defense, Olympique de Marseille may also have to recruit, but that is not yet certain. Indeed, in this position, the situation is quite strange and the recruitment of a central defender actually depends on the state of health of Eric Bailly. Excellent every time he has played, including in big games like against PSG at the Parc des Princes, the Ivorian international is nevertheless too often absent. Package for the last games of the season against OL and AS Monaco, the former Manchester United defender has started only nine times this season. Too often absent, Eric Bailly is counting on the winter break to get back on track. OM’s medical staff also intend to take advantage of this downtime in the season to offer the Ivorian international full physical preparation with the aim of seeing a great Bailly in the second half of the season. A report will be made in mid-January and if the Marseille leaders have no guarantee on the physique of the Ivorian colossus, then a defender could be recruited to replace Mbemba, Balerdi, Gigot and Kolasinac.