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2019/2020

Monaco

In


Gelson Martins (att) (Atletico Madrid); Benjamin Lecomte (gk) (Montpellier); Youssef Ait Bennasser (mid) (Saint-Etienne), Gabriel Boschilia (mid) (Nantes), Pele (mid) (Nottingham Forest), Adam Traore (mid) (Cercle Brugge), Ivan Cardona (att) (Cercle Brugge), Keita Balde (att) (Inter), Gil Dias (mid) (Olympiacos), Antonio Barreca (def) (Newcastle) (all loan ends)

Out


Youri Tielemans (mid) (Leicester); Ronael Pierre-Gabriel (def) (Mainz) ; Ibrahima Diallo (mid) (Brest) ; Paul Nardi (gk) (Lorient) ; Kevin N’Doram (sp)(mid), Julien Serrano (def), Giulian Biancone (def), Loic Badiashile (gk), Jordi Mboula (att) (all Cercle Brugge); Samuel Grandsir (mid) (Brest), Antonio Barreca (def) (all loans); Jonathen Mexique (mid) (Cholet), Khephren Thuram (mid) (Nice); Andrea Raggi (def) (released)

Monaco come into the 2019-20 campaign off the back of a hellish season in which they narrowly avoided relegation. Leonardo Jardim’s troops played only in fits and starts last term, and were found to be lacking experience and mental fortitude as the season progress. Confidence ebbed away and it had disastrous consequences. If a clear out was expected over the summer, it has not really materialised. Numerous players have departed the club on loan – given the massive size of their squad that was inevitable – but they have toiled to clear out all of the deadwood. Youri Tielemans has been sold to Leicester but, in terms of other regular starters departing, only full-back Ronael Pierre-Gabriel genuinely affects the first team. Veteran defender Andrea Raggi has been released but this was a move long overdue, while they have been frustrated in their efforts to recapture Adrien Silva after his loan from Leicester. Meanwhile, incoming players have been frustratingly few and far between. Goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte – a very steady keeper in Ligue 1 over the last two season – has arrived from Montpellier and is the kind of shrewd addition they were missing last year, but otherwise they have managed only to seal a long-term agreement for Gelson Martins, who finished last season on loan at the club. With numerous players returning from loan, Monaco have vast depth, but perhaps only Youssef Ait Bennasser will be pushing for regular football, while Gabriel Boschilia has the potential but struggled to find his best form with Nantes after a serious knee injury in Monaco’s title-winning season. Uncertainty continues to dog the attack, with veteran attacker Radamel Falcao not certain to remain, while even the future of Pietro Pellegri is questionable. The Italian spent much of last term laid up, along with promising young Frenchman Willem Geubbels. More is needed, too, from Aleksandr Golovin, who sparked only occasionally last season, while Cesc Fabregas is set to be a vital player in the midfield. At the back, Monaco are either aging or too green. None of their defenders enjoyed good seasons last term and this is not an area that has received any upgrade over the summer. In short, it promises to be a complicated campaign.

Target


Monaco will hope to return to the Champions League but their squad still looks muddled and any kind of European football should be welcomed. Another difficult season should not be discounted – especially if signings are not made.

Season Review
2018/2019

№17: Monaco

Monaco’s campaign was undoubtedly the most disappointing of any Ligue 1 side as they were forced to wait until the final day of the season to secure their place in the top flight next term – and even that was only done thanks to help from elsewhere as they lost 2-0 at Nice with the chips down. Over the past couple of summers, Monaco had allowed their squad to be dismantled, while their policy last year was to replace the outgoing players with youngsters capable of improving and being sold on at a dramatic profit. However, this left the team unbalanced as the few experienced players they had signed were done at cut price and were generally below standard. Nacer Chadli was a perfect example of this. One of the signings that had been expected to be a smash hit was Aleksandr Golovin, but he has yet to settle in France and mediocre would be a kind way to describe his campaign. Elsewhere in the attack, Willem Geubbels, who was a big arrival from Lyon, spent the campaign injured, as did youngster Pietro Pellegri. Radamel Falcao was, therefore, saddled with the offensive responsibility and his contribution of 15 goals was essential to keeping his side safe. Injury problems did cripple Monaco for a long part of the season, particularly in the autumn months, when Leonardo Jardim parted company with the club to be replaced by Thierry Henry, whose tenure was short and disastrous, forcing the club to go back to Jardim at the end of January, by which time the former France striker had already signed a group of players to fit into a 3-5-2 formation that he wanted to play but Jardim did not. Meanwhile, Youri Tielemans was offloaded to Leicester, where he proved a hit, although his contribution during his time in France was rather less spectacular. Defensively, Monaco were a shambles throughout the season. With Kamil Glik struggling and Jemerson suffering a crisis in confidence that brought about some crazy mistakes, Monaco found themselves desperately short of cover. Naldo was signed in January as a sticking plaster but failed. Right-back Djibril Sidibe also had a terrible season, miles off the form that saw him once linked to Arsenal, while Benjamin Henrichs was never totally trusted either. In goal, things were no better, with both Diego Benaglio and Danijel Subasic mediocre performers at best. Massive changes are needed in the summer, with the recruitment policy the area that most improve most.


Player of the Season: Radamel Falcao

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