Sportingly, it was not all black in Bordeaux. If the team held on to the very last day after a chaotic season, one player stood out and gave satisfaction on the pitch: Yacine Adli. The very young 20-year-old midfielder has become the technical leader of the Bordeaux midfield this season, but not only. His strong character and maturity have also allowed him to become a locker room leader, a role model for some of his teammates. His exit full of frankness after the sad 0-0 to 11 against 9 against OM testifies to this. “You know very well. You see the workforce, everyone knows it. We have a lot of players at the end of the contract. There are a lot of conflicts internally, externally. All that stuff creates negative waves that you can’t play at the top of the board. We do not feel this osmosis. That’s it in fact ”, he had launched. The former Parisian grew up faster and had to take responsibility in a team that lacked character.
In the field, he very often guided his people. His equalizing goal against Reims on the last day symbolized a rather successful season, the first full season of his career and without any real injury. The young French midfielder has played 36 matches this season (out of 39 possible matches) scoring two goals and delivering five assists (the club’s best passer). Physically, the international U20 has also taken on a new dimension. Spared by injuries, he also took in volume which allowed him to win in a role of number 8, more versatile and able to really bring defensively to his team. He is also in the Top 20 players who won the most duels on the ground this season in Ligue 1 (161 duels won, first Bordeaux). And his performances did not go unnoticed far from it.
Lille could take action
There is no shortage of suitors for Yacine Adli, especially after a season like this. With Bordeaux’s financial situation and the expectation of a future buyer, the chances of keeping it are minimal, even if the club is bought quickly and / or its trainer Gasset or another, wishes to keep it. Among the most serious contenders: the LOSC. The club, just champion of France, is already preparing for its next season and the loss of Boubakary Soumaré in the midfield. The Lille management greatly appreciates the profile of the player who perfectly matches the club’s policy and especially the president Olivier Létang. The latter has already made contact with the entourage of the player whom he knows well and whom he admires when the two were at PSG, one at the training center, the other as sports director (2012-2017 ).
Several other clubs playing in Europe are also on the spot and remain on the lookout. The Girondins will not retain the player with the biggest market value of the club especially in case of good offers. After two seasons at the club, the Franco-Algerian could well leave Bordeaux to continue his progress. Sportingly, this loss could hurt the Marines and Whites even more, who have come close to relegation this season.