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2021/2022

FC Metz

In


Amine Bassi (mid)(Nancy); Sofiane Alakouch (def) (Nimes); Lenny Joseph (def) (Le Puy)

Out


Victorien Angban (sp)(mid) (Rochi); Thierry Ambrose (att) (Oostende); Amadou Ndiaye (att) (Le Mans), Youssef Maziz (mid) (Seraing) (both loans); John Boye (r)(def) (released)

Metz enjoyed a very convincing season last time out under the guidance of Frederic Antonetti, and the experienced Corsican coach remains in charge for this campaign, despite rumours earlier in the summer that he might have left. Consistency in the dugout has been matched with consistency in the playing staff, too. There has been little significant turnover of players at Metz, with the only first-team player of particular note to depart in midfielder Victorien Angban, who has returned a not insignificant fee. Veteran centre-back John Boye has also retired, though. Metz do look a little short on paper in the centre of defence, where they often played with three men last season due to the difficulty in dropping any one of them. Kiki Kouyate and Dylan Bronn will continue and, if they go to three at the back, Mamadou Fofana will drop from the midfield. Full-back is not an area of concern. Right-back Fabien Centonze was a strong performer last season in a wing-back role, while Mathieu Udol and Thomas Delaine were virtually inseparable on the left. Kevin N’Doram’s return from a long-term injury will help in the centre of the field, where Habib Maiga is a reliable presence and Vincent Pajot has plenty of experience. Pape Sarr, meanwhile, is a strong youngster. Where Metz struggled at times last season was in the final third, though this was in part due to long-term injuries to Opa Nguette and Ibrahima Niane, who are both fit again. Furthermore, they have a collection of promising up-and-coming players, including Lamine Gueye and, more notably, Papa Yade. Amine Bassi has been signed from local rivals Nancy in Ligue 2 and, if the playmaker can successfully make the step up, he will relieve a creative burden from Farid Boulaya, who exceeded expectations last season.

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Metz will be aiming for another mid-table finish.

Season Review
2020/2021

№10: FC Metz

Metz achieved a comfortable mid-table finish and for a long period it seemed that they would do even better. Indeed, had they not lost six of their last 10 matches, winning only once, they would undoubtedly have been ranked better. They were also slow starters, with Vincent Hognon overseeing a run of just seven points from six games before Frederic Antonetti returned to take over the reins as head coach. It proved a wise move as the team was reinvigorated by the new coach. Indeed, Metz’s success came against the backdrop of losing leading striker Ibrahima Niane to what was effectively a season-ending injury when he was in the form of his life early in the season. He scored six goals in 10 games and managed to finish as the club’s joint top scorer along with Farid Boulaya, who contributed well, and Vagner. Opa Nguette threatened to replace Niane effectively but he too picked up an injury that would end his season, further hamstringing Metz’s already fragile attack. Papa Yade was one of the pleasant surprises to be given more game time as a result and their weakness in this sector was not exposed until the end of the campaign when their form finally ran out. Injuries struck in midfield, too, with Warren Tchimbembe and Vincent Pajot out for long periods along with Kevin N’Doram, but Habib Maiga performed well there. Metz functioned best in a three-man defence of John Boye, Kiki Kouyate and Dylan Bronn, in part because their wing-backs were very effective going forward. Fabien Centonze was a fixture on the right, while on the left Matthieu Udol and Thomas Delaine shared the duties and both performed well. Metz will hope to retain Antonetti’s services as head coach as he worked wonders with this side for much of the season. They would not have expected such a comfortable ride, especially with key figures out for so long.


Player of the Season: Farid Boulaya

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