The season for the Greens is long. Very long to follow. The footballing shortcomings of AS Saint-Etienne are visible to all. Not to mention the uncertainties linked to staying in Ligue 1, Loïc Perrin and the Saint-Etienne board will have to rebuild a workforce for next season. With 17 end of contracts and possible transfers, the offensive sector will be particularly affected.
Loïc Perrin and an offensive sector to rebuild
Loïc Perrin, new sports coordinator for AS Saint-Etienne, took charge of recruiting the first team. If he has already led a first transfer window upon his arrival, it seems that he is already preparing the next one. The former teammate of “Capi” and Brazilian striker for the Greens has already joined the new recruitment cell. In the sense of departure, Jean-Luc Buisine is gone. If he is out of contract to date, Loïc Perrin should extend the adventure in his club forever. With the many departures announced, he will have to start a new stage for the club with a large renewal of the workforce. This is particularly the case of the offensive sector which will be amputated by Khazri, Boudebouz and Nordin who will leave if they are not extended.
Among the priorities for years, the position of center forward will still and always be one of the priorities of recruitment. The arrival of Enzo Crivelli is unfortunately a bitter flop. 26 minutes since his arrival, it is unlikely to see his purchase option exercised this summer.
Frank Thierry Mbella Etouga, arrival already complete with the Greens?
According to the latest indiscretions from Ghanaian radio Asempa 947 FM, the Greens could have anticipated next season by completing the arrival of the promising Frank Thierry Mbella Etouga. The journalist publishes today: “Frank Thierry Mbella Etouga is set to sign a contract with Saint-Etienne in the French League according to reports.”
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20-year-old centre-forward, 1.80m tall, this right-hander now wears the colors of the Ghanaian club Asanté Kotoko. Top scorer in the championship with 16 achievements, the Cameroonian explodes with his team which is marching on the championship. They are 8 points ahead of their runner-up Bechem United. Mbella saw a beautiful ascent and its coast soared.
“Top scorer and certainly best player in his league”
The DBN.media site reserved a laudatory article for him in February: Frank Thierry Mbella Etouga, the Cameroonian star who shines in the land of black stars. The striker’s presentation was equally complimentary.
“Fast, technical and skilful, the young Mbella sits at the top of the ranking of the top scorers in the Ghanaian first division championship. Mbella Etouga threads the goals like pearls. The young striker panics the counters in Ghana. His recent feat is a magnificent hat-trick slammed on Round 17 of the Ghana Premier League last weekend. Arrived in the country of Asamoah Gyan at the start of the season in the company of Georges Mfegue, another Cameroonian, the former member of As Fortuna de Mfou quickly found his marks and immediately distinguished himself thanks to his instincts as a scorer and this disconcerting ease it has to lodge the leather at the bottom of the nets. […] The player doesn’t just score. At the service of the collective, he is also generous in the effort and knows how to be altruistic when necessary. An attitude that made the young Cameroonian a darling of Asante Kotoko supporters.
Another highlight, alongside his impressive stats, the Cameroonian striker gleans personal accolades almost every two weeks. Since the start of the championship, Mbella Etouga has already been named man of the match five times. Launched as he is, Frank Thierry Mbella Etouga is on track to finish top scorer, and certainly best player in the Ghanaian Premier League.”
Even if the Ghanaian media claims his arrival at AS Saint-Etienne as closed, the information obviously remains to be confirmed. Valued at €250,000, it fills the boxes and seems accessible today.
As it is customary to say at the dawn of the transfer window, “Wait and see”…