Despite winning the title and reaching the Champions League, the club was left with serious financial problems. “Dogs” are still forced to sell players, but this does not change the essence of the matter. By the start of next season, Lille will most likely be gone from the players who led the entire city, along with Galtier, to the title. Therefore, it is not worth talking about the future prospects of the current champions.
Lille was a sensation last season in the French championship, but they fail to repeat their triumph now. What is the problem? Maybe they can still impose competition on PSG? If you have predictions about the team’s performance this season, download the betting app and place your bets.
Who has already left Lille
Mike Maignan was one of the main contributors to Lille’s success last season. A reliable goalkeeper is an important link for a team that is fighting for the championship. In the last campaign, Mike had 21 clean sheets out of 38 in Ligue 1, becoming the best goalkeeper of the league in this indicator. The Frenchman conceded an average of 0.61 goals per game, which was his best record in his career.
The Great Danes finished last season of Ligue 1 with a difference of +41 in goals scored and conceded. This is the best result in the history of the club, since 1995, to which both hands and Maignan put both hands. However, Lille were unable to keep one of their best players. In the summer, the Frenchman was sold to Milan for 14.3 million euros. Surprisingly, the Great Danes could not negotiate more for the best goalkeeper of the season.
Jonathan Ikoné was not very productive in the championship season, but he helped the team to become stronger even before that. The football player enjoyed the confidence of Galtier, at the request of which he moved to Lille from Montpellier. The French winger would be useful even now for a team that is going through difficult times.
But in January, the “dogs” gave the player to Fiorentina, receiving 14 million euros for him. Jonathan Ikoné is still getting used to the new championship, although he has already managed to give an assist. In Lille, Isaac Lihadji plays in his position. The guy is quite promising, but the new coach does not really trust him yet.
Who else will leave Lille
Botman spends only his second season at Lille, which, however, may be his last at this club. The departure of the Dutchman will be a great loss for the team. Last season, Sven was the main defender of Lille and made a big contribution to the championship. In the current campaign, he also opened the scoring with effective actions in the French club.
The footballer has scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist in 14 Ligue 1 matches, which is not bad for a centre-back. “Dogi” do not want to part with the player and so far scared away “Milan” by his high cost. But soon other clubs will come for Botman. Lille will have little chance of keeping the defender given the team’s dim prospects.
David’s situation is almost the same as Botman’s. The Canadian spends only his second season with Lille, but is highly likely to leave the club in the summer. The player’s agent has already made a statement on the subject. The departure of a young striker will seriously affect the performance of the team. In the last campaign, the striker scored 13 goals, which significantly helped the Great Danes in the fight for the championship.
This season, he has already scored 12 goals. Right now, David is the top scorer in Ligue 1 along with Wissam Ben Yedder. Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona and Liverpool are interested in the player. Lille have no chance of keeping the player in their squad.