Unaccustomed to this type of recruitment in previous years, the Olympics no longer hesitate to invest a lot of money in the best young people from the 2nd tier championships under the leadership of John Textor.
Jeffinho, Adryelson, Malick Fofana, Ernest Nuamah and even Gift Orban, Olympique Lyonnais’ recruitment policy has changed a lot in recent months. Led by Jean-Michel Aulas, the Gones squad consisted mainly of players trained at the club and recruits used to major European championships to oversee them. Now that John Textor has been freed from the constraints of the DNCG, it is easier to analyze his recruitment method and his vision for the Olympics in the medium and long term. The American owner left the running of the operation to Matthieu Louis-Jean and David Friio, who did not hesitate to pay large sums of more than 10 or even 15 million euros to sign Malick Fofana, Ernest Nuamah and Gift Orban in second-tier championships.
A trading strategy, as the goal is clearly to seek out very young players with high potential to later sell them at a high price. A risky but very American policy according to Luc Arrondel, sports financial analyst. “It is connected with the change of ownership. Americans are much more likely to trade since Billy Beane’s Money Ball movement: the principle is to try to find players who are not worth much and have strong potential to exploit. A player is a rather risky asset. There can be injuries, mistakes about a player’s talent. I find the change of direction of the Olympics quite surprising. Over the last 10 years, it is one of the three French clubs that have generated the most income from transfers » explained the specialist on Eurosport before concluding.
Long live trade, John Textor takes on his politics
“It is a club which has invested in its training and until now has managed to combine sporting performance and balance or even financial profit. There are two current trends in European football: the arrival of American funds, especially through investment funds, and the creation of a galaxy of timeshares, with currently around a hundred top division clubs in Europe involved. Lyon is currently in both » launched Luc Arrondel analyzing the John Textor method at Olympique Lyonnais. At the moment supporters are quite enthusiastic about this method of recruitment and the recent signing of Gift Orban has created real enthusiasm in the capital of Gaul. Only the results will now be able to confirm this good impression and definitively validate this recruitment method.