Stade de Reims January 2021 Winter window
Could Reinforcements spark an improvement?
Just one biggish out as Alfie Mawson leaves the club after just 6 months. It was 6 months where he failed to adapt and his whinging was annoying me. £2m back to Swansea and we make a small little profit on the man.
Two youth players who are very hot prospects leave to get some game time at decent clubs too boot.
Look at that, no new players arriving as we struggled to find anyone in budget and to improve the side so it is case of sticking with what we have for the rest of the season. The only little bit of business done was i managed to secure a deal for Odsonne Eduoard to finally join us permanently after 3 years on loan from PSG. That deal will go through at the end of the season.
On the pitch
Things have picked up though on the pitch as we concede just once in 7 games with performances picking up nicely. We smashed Lille 3-0 in the Coupe de France to book ourselves into the 10th round (we will face Red Star FC). Stade Rennais were first smashed 4-0 in the Coupe de Ligue Quarter Finals before losing again to us 1-0 in the league in a game we FM'd.
Confidence was up and we were perhaps unlucky to draw 0-0 with high flying Lyon. It was an odd game but it did give me this piece of news which made the 15 year old kid in me giggle.
A 2-0 win over Strasbourg despite being down to 10 men saw the machine keep its momentum before the big Coupe de ligue semi final against Lyon. A 2nd match against the side but our 3rd penalty in two games saw us take the lead and once we had that we were not losing with Reine Adelaide scoring late on to seal a Ligue Cup final against Bordeaux.
That high of getting to the final probably saw us take our eyes off the ball against lowly Le Havre who have become a little bogey team of mine as we lost the final game of January.
Inconsistency is costing us a true title tilt but we are in the fight for the Champions League alongside Monaco. The key is to try and drag Marseille and Lyon down to our level to make it a 4 horse race which is looking tough based on their current form.
Still we have the chance to win a 4th trophy in 4 years and i guess i can't complain too much