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Season awards for the underside of the Ligue 1 desk

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Season awards for the underside of the Ligue 1 desk

Our journey by way of Europe’s high leagues takes us to France’s Ligue 1. The French league developed a status for being low high quality however very like the Bundesliga, this pre-conceived notion based mostly purely on the title race is a delusion. Whereas I’ll say that the Ligue 1 doesn’t have the identical high quality of soccer because the Bundesliga in my view, it’s undoubtedly extra aggressive than the typical Premier League fan on Twitter or Instagram would have you ever consider.

Should you haven’t checked out our 2. Bundesliga awards, I might extremely advocate familiarising your self with them as a few of the names talked about might come up as high performers within the high flight of Germany this season. The underside half of the desk could be discovered right here whereas the highest half of the desk could be discovered right here.

With all that mentioned, let’s crack open the underside half of the Ligue 1 desk!

twentieth — Girondins Bordeaux

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Der Kaiser: Josuha Guilavogui (CB/CM)
Transferring to Bordeaux in January, Guilavogui modified Bordeaux’s defensive construction for the higher, however not higher sufficient. He supplied pace and physicality together with nice passing capacity however Bordeaux would nonetheless find yourself useless final.

Fußballgott: Yacine Adli (CAM/CM)
Adli continued his growth into an thrilling expertise, with a objective and seven assists in midfield. Whereas his performances off the bench — and there have been a lot — wouldn’t be game-changing each time, he carried himself with a sure power that not all midfielders within the staff did.

Der Bomber: Hwang Ui-Jo (ST)
Ui-Jo wasn’t incredible when it comes to his link-up play however he would decide up 2 assists to go together with his 11 objective haul for the season. Not essentially the most bodily regardless of his tall stature, and never essentially the most adept on the ball both, however a serviceable pacey goal man.

Meister of the Season: Jean Onana (CM)
On the base of midfield, Onana offered a correct platform for what ought to have been a significantly better season for Bordeaux. He would ship, successful duels within the center constantly and even getting ahead with late runs to attain thrice and help twice this season, however there was simply one thing lacking from each his play and the staff’s which value them their place in France’s high flight.

nineteenth — FC Metz

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Der Kaiser: Fali Candé (LB/LWB)
Candé can be maraud down the left effectively for Metz throughout the second half of the season. Admittedly he performed higher throughout the first half the place he was in Portugal enjoying for Portimonense, however he was nonetheless good in France.

Fußballgott: Fabien Centonze (RWB/RM)
You would rely this as dishonest since Centonze occupies the identical function as Candé, simply on the precise flank as an alternative of the left, however upon nearer inspection it’s clear that Centonze will get additional ahead and will get narrower, enjoying as an attacking midfielder as an alternative of a wing again at occasions. He’s a private favorite participant of mine and I hope he can keep within the high flight or atleast return to it in 2023.

Der Bomber: Nicolas de Préville (ST/CAM)
The wings have been Metz’s strongest space this season, and all of it got here to feed into the play of de Préville, who supplied himself as an important choice within the air and breaking away from the final line. A tally of 5 targets and a pair of assists marks what has been a great marketing campaign for him personally.

Meister of the Season: Boubakar Kouyaté (CB)
Actually the one cause the wing backs had a lot license to get ahead, Kouyaté supplied defensive solidity. His capacity to counter pacey counter-attacks was matched by his capacity to construct to wider areas when in possession and cycle it round to construct play.

18th — Saint-Étienne

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Der Kaiser: Timothée Kolodziejczak (CB)
Kolodziejczak is certainly not at his greatest since his days in Seville, however he was nonetheless one of the best defensive presence within the Saint-Étienne squad.

Fußballgott: Mahdi Camara (CM/RB)
There’s one thing concerning the final title Camara and producing industrious defensively-astute central midfielders that may additionally play as full backs. Whereas the midfield was an utter disappointment, Camara was one of the best of the lot in my view. Bonus factors for being employed additional up as a ten as soon as too in a hilarious sport towards Clermont Foot which additionally concerned Kolodziejczak enjoying as left midfielder, and scoring the successful objective in it too!

Der Bomber: Wahbi Khazri (ST/LW)
Khazri is a veteran of the league, and whereas his capacity to brush balls throughout flanks of play has diminished, his ending and striker’s intuition have solely improved, netting him 10 targets.

Meister of the Season: Denis Bouanga (CM/LW)
Khazri’s partner-in-crime up entrance confirmed his class with nice play within the remaining third, with constant take-on success charge and one eye on a move to associate with his capacity within the air. 9 targets and 6 assists is a good return for a striker in a staff falling this far behind expectations.

seventeenth — Clermont Foot

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Der Kaiser: Akim Zedadka (RB)
Clermont’s gung-ho excessive octane type of soccer shocked the league at first, however groups would quickly adapt. Nevertheless, Zedadka would preserve his electrical tempo even because the season wore on.

Fußballgott: Johan Gastien (CDM/CM)
However, if Clermont have been ever forward, Gastien was an professional at slowing video games down and maintaining the opposition at bay. A basic defensive midfielder, he would management the tempo of play in his half and typically even push additional up the sector to assist overloads.

Der Bomber: Elbashan Rashani (LW)
A whole unknown even to French soccer lovers the season prior, Rashani proved his price within the high flight with 8 targets and three assists slicing in from the left flank. His play as a correct huge playmaker is questionable however when employed narrower he at all times delivered ultimately or one other.

Meister of the Season: Mohamed Bayo (ST)
One of many extra thrilling strikers in France, Bayo would present unimaginable contact within the field, very like a younger Robert Lewandowski. His passing numbers definitely aren’t as excessive because the Polish marksman, however his contact was impeccable very like the Pole and he bagged 5 assists from his few key passes, together with a incredible 14 targets.

sixteenth — FC Lorient

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Der Kaiser: Julien Laporte (CB)
Laporte led the backline with the arrogance of a participant rapidly reaching his prime years and realizing his skills. Vocal, bodily and nice on the ball, Laporte actually is the whole bundle as a middle again.

Fußballgott: Enzo Le Fée (CM/LM)
Le Fée was wonderful taking the ball into the ultimate third, usually discovering males in area excessive or in pockets with visionary passes. His dribbling was improved though he lacked the true hazard within the remaining third as a killer ball participant. Nevertheless, he would discover himself being a objective menace as he would rating twice to go together with his 3 assists.

Der Bomber: Terem Moffi (ST/RW)
Moffi is a participant I don’t perceive. He isn’t dominant within the air regardless of his over 6 foot stature. He isn’t lightning fast. What he’s, is insanely clever and an especially good shot. His capacity to get into harmful positions behind the backs of defenders and end from lower than ideally suited positions is uncanny. A mix of good positioning and completed taking pictures method netted him 8 targets and 4 assists.

Meister of the Season: Armand Laurienté (ST/LW)
Laurienté was maybe the least striker of all strikers on this article. However he simply labored. He would very hardly ever dangle close to the final line of protection, working in a free function within the remaining third, normally sat within the area between the traces and making an attempt to push play past the midfield by providing himself as an choice. His returns and one-two play linking up with Moffi and making late runs ultimately netted him 6 targets and a pair of assists.

fifteenth — ESTAC Troyes

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Der Kaiser: Gauthier Gallon (GK)
Gallon bailed an especially poor backline out on quite a few events with typically superhuman stops.

Fußballgott: Xavier Chavalerin (CM/LM)
Chavalerin was key to Troyes’ ball development and much more key to getting on the tip of return balls, scoring 5 and aiding 2.

Der Bomber: Mama Baldé (CAM/ST)
The ahead line was okay at greatest, and a report of three targets and a pair of assists isn’t something distinctive and even above common, however neither was the assault as an entire.

Meister of the Season: Florian Tardieu (CM)
Tardieu was the one participant apart from Gallon that I used to be truly impressed with, truthfully nothing about this staff’s people ever caught my eye. Tardieu’s ahead runs have been ever so harmful, and he would finish the season with 4 targets and a pair of assists.

14th — Angers SCO

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Der Kaiser: Romain Thomas (CB)
Thomas set a great base within the backline for the remainder of his teammates to flourish as Angers underwent the method of fixing programs from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-1-2.

Fußballgott: Thomas Mangani (CM)
Mangani from midfield confirmed intense stamina and attacking acumen whilst his age superior, and he scored 7 targets alongside his 2 assists.

Der Bomber: Angelo Fulgini (CAM/CM/ST)
Fulgini, very like Centonze, is one other considered one of my private favourites, and very like Centonze, has carried out very effectively. Whereas his high quality was not the identical because it was the season earlier than, Fulgini would nonetheless handle 5 targets and 4 assists.

Meister of the Season: Sofiane Boufal (ST/LW)
It needed to be. What a participant! Boufal was simply phenomenal all through the season, main the assault together with his 8 targets and 4 assists. His finish product doesn’t appear to be that of one of the in-form gamers of the season, however he was undoubtedly considered one of them.


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