A false good idea. Last summer, Olympique Lyonnais thought they had done a hell of a job by getting their hands on Jérôme Boateng. Experienced and free after several years of good and loyal service at Bayern Munich, the German world champion had everything the ideal rookie. Unfortunately, it is not. You don’t have to wait for the 2021-22 financial year to be over to say the 33-year-old footballer is a terrible casting mistake.
A big flop
What we are aware of in Les Gones. Recently, a source close to the Rhone team explained to us: “At the club, they are very disappointed with him, with his performance. (…) Boateng advises certain players, especially young ones. But some of them don’t listen to him. They say he is out of shape and talks way too much. He has his character and you have to deal with it, but he is a person who is used to winning.. In Lyon, he mostly got used to playing badly.
This was the case during the 2-0 defeat against Monaco on February 5th. A match where he had been catastrophic. Peter Bosz had also dismissed him later before he was injured. Last Sunday during the 3-2 victory over Angers, Boateng was not free from blame. Holder for the first time since his horrible performance against ASM, the native of Berlin was one of those responsible for the first equalizer for the SCO.
Several errors to his credit
He had been passive by letting the ball pass over the center of Doumbia bound for Pereira-Lage, scorer. He was replaced in the 69th minute. Despite this, Peter Bosz decided to start him last night against West Ham. A bet that did not pay off at all. The German was appalling against the Hammers. Unlike his young partner Castello Lukeba, he did not breathe serenity at all. Slow and often late, he multiplied bad choices and played with fire.
While his team was eleven against ten following the expulsion of Cresswell, the former Bayern Munich was guilty on the opener signed Bowen. Indeed, he put the ball back in the Englishman’s race before tackling him and deceiving Lopes by countering him. Even if OL managed to equalize thanks to Ndombele (1-1), this goal conceded in numerical superiority is “a stupid goalas Peter Bosz said after the game. Anthony Lopes, he spoke of “malpractice“.
The press hits it
But the Lyon goalkeeper did not want to overwhelm Boateng and Gusto, who made a big error in the recovery earlier in the action. “No (he does not target his two teammates), it is more general on the goal that we take. There is a discussion between players, I decide to play quickly… But it’s complicated, because we hope to come back with the face of the first period.. Spared by his team and his coach, Jérôme Boateng, who was replaced by Toko Ekambi (63rd), takes dearly in the press.
Our colleagues from the daily newspapers The Team and Progress gave it a rating of 3. Same rating for The Dauphine Libere which speaks of a performancecatastrophic“. Disappointing against West Ham, the defender under contract until 2023 therefore has a new disaster class to his credit. He may have the opportunity to catch up this weekend against Strasbourg, unless Peter Bosz puts him in the place he deserves right now, on the bench. A bench where Jason Denayer, fit, was present yesterday. And we can say that given what Boateng proposed, the Belgian would hardly have done worse…