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Zapping Goal! Football club MHSC – ASSE: The pre-match brief

Stefan BAJIC

International U20, present at the Tokyo Olympics in understudy of Paul Bernardoni (Angers), the young goalkeeper is today the understudy of Etienne Green at ASSE while he embodied the future of the club as goalkeeper two years ago. But in three first-team appearances, Bajic conceded 3 losses and failed to seize his chance, unlike Green. At the end of the contract at the end of the season, he is reluctant to extend. He has just played against Nice (0-3) thanks to the expulsion of Green in Monaco (1-3).


Stéphanois by birth, like Bajic, the Franco-Algerian had achieved an excellent Gambardella campaign. A central defender by training, he slipped to the right. But the club did not sign him pro. He is currently playing in Andrézieux, in N2.


The imposing central defender has made a few appearances in L1 but he is far in the hierarchy of Puel, at his post. Even if the club extended his contract this summer, a new season in reserve awaits him, the ASSE having failed to lend him.


Impressive in Gambardella, the Marseillais followed in the footsteps of William Saliba, sold in the summer of 2019 to Arsenal for € 29 million. Transferred to Leicester for € 35m (+ € 5m bonus), it became the biggest transfer in ASSE history, a year after the coronation at Stade de France. International Espoirs, his name is mentioned among the Blues but also in Real Madrid and Manchester United. “Sacrificed” by the leaders of Saint-Etienne to straighten out the finances.


The small left side had to face competition from Clément Roubat during Gambardella’s campaign. Very good in the final, he was not kept and is playing today at Andrézieux (N2), like Halaimia.

Victor PETIT

The talented defensive midfielder was called up to the pro group by Jean-Louis Gasset shortly before his coronation at the Stade de France. But since the arrival of Puel, the southpaw has never had a chance. His contract ends in June.


Captain during the adventure in Gambardella, the small Cape Verdean midfielder left for Nancy (L2) in the summer of 2019 and after a second successful season in Lorraine, he was transferred to Ostend, where he found his former teammate in Belgium. Stéphanois Makhtar Gueye. Author of 6 goals and 9 assists with Nancy last season, he already has 2 assists in the Jupiler League with Ostend, at the age of 21.

Abdoulaye SIDIBE

The right winger made only one appearance in L1, coming into play at the start of last season in Nantes (2-2). An apparition that had no follow-up. His contract ends in June. By then, it will be the N3 …


Scorer and decisive passer in the final at the Stade de France, the playmaker distinguished himself shortly after the arrival of Puel by scoring a goal in the Coupe de la Ligue in Nîmes (2-1). But since then, he has hardly played in the first team and has not even been invited to the preparation of the pros this summer, except during the first friendly match against Le Puy (2-2). No need to look further for the main victim of the arrival of Adil Aouchiche …


Often decisive in his left lane, the wisp, very accomplice with Charles Abi, has never been favored by Puel. Only three small entries into play, despite two victorious goals scored in a friendly, both times against Grenoble. Transferred for a bite of bread to Niort (L2) on the last day of the Mercato, this summer.

Charles ABI

Author of 5 goals during Gambardella’s campaign, the striker only scored 4 in 51 first team matches! The only “hero” of Gambardella that Puel really trusted is him. But the left-hander did not really take advantage of it. ASSE sent him to harden himself on loan at Guingamp (L2), where he shook the nets from his first appearance to offer victory to the Breton club to Paris FC (1-0). Before getting hurt.

to summarize

Two years after the victory in the Gambardella Cup, no titular player at the Stade de France in the final against Toulouse (2-0) has managed to win under the orders of Claude Puel and fully enter into his youth project …

Laurent HESS