Zapping goals! football club ASSE: The Greens without a recruitment unit, a problem?
A win against Grenoble (3-1), a defeat against AC Ajaccio (0-1) and finally a postponed match against Troyes. Before returning to L2 in Annecy on Monday, ASSE had three preparation matches on the schedule to fill the truce imposed by the World Cup in Qatar, and therefore it will have played only two of them due to the frost, in Besançon, where ESTAC did. not wanting to take the slightest risk. The Greens had won their first pre-season game in L’Etrat’s cold against Grenoble, notably with a last-gasp goal from the returning Faouzi Ghoulam from the penalty spot. Like the Algerian, youngster Mathys Saban and Abdoulaye Sidibé had excelled. Saban (20) had already stood out in his last appearances in L2 and he had scored a friendly goal against Goal FC (3-0) before going on holiday. The left winger is in good form and it would not be surprising if Batlles got him to start in Annecy.
Owusu was able to show off
Sidibé (age 20), reappears after a long crossing of the desert. The young Franco-Senegalese winger, a starter during Gambardella’s victorious 2019 campaign, started the season well in reserve. He was called up by Batlles when training resumed and distinguished himself against Grenoble with his speed, causing the two penalties that allowed the Greens to win. The other big winner of this international break could be called Sergi Palencia. Although the club would not keep him in case of a proposal to Mercato, the Spanish team started against Grenoble, as a right piston, with Léo Pétrot aligned as a left piston. A fairly defensive option that reflects Batlles’ desire to strengthen his squad, the worst defense in L2. And as on the right, Yvann Maçon is no longer there and only the youngster Anas Namri remains, who didn’t really give any guarantees in his last appearances… Also note that Saidou Sow had been in trouble against Grenoble, where the Isérois goal had been scored after a failed clearance on his part. The Guinean defender followed up with a good half against Ajaccio, but the preferred option for him is to leave this winter. Among the youngsters tested, defensive midfielder Bires Owusu, who lined up in central defence, did well against Grenoble before causing the penalty in the defeat to Ajaccio. The suspension of Jimmy Giraudon during the next two days of L2 could open a small door for him. Having…
⚽️ ASSE – GOAL INFO! Mercato: The Greens rush Gautier Larsonneur! #Let’s go green #ASSE https://t.co/gKjQE5yYv6
– Goal! Saint-Etienne (@ButASSE) 18 December 2022
ASSE has played two friendlies over the last two weeks, against Grenoble (3-1) and AC Ajaccio (0-1). Sidibé and Saban scored points as Palencia moved on to right piston, a position the Spaniard could get after Macon leaves.