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Football. A convincing debut for Granville’s Johan Leppenan at Olympique Lyonnais

OL new arrival Johan Lepennant from Granville has put in some fascinating performances throughout friendlies and may very well be one of many good surprises of the French Ligue 1 championship. (© DR Facebook Olympique Lyonnais)

Arrived on tiptoe inOlympique Lyonnais in June 2022 Granville Johann Lepennan is one of many good surprises from Lyon throughout this summer time interval. At simply 19 years previous, he has caught everybody’s consideration because the begin of Lyon’s pre-season.

We remind you that the midfielder signed for OL for 5 years. The quantity of the transaction quantities to 4.25 million euros, to which 2.5 million might be added within the type of bonuses.

Good friendlies

That’s why Johan Lepenant left Malherbe Stadium Caenwith whom he signed his first skilled contract at the age of sixteen.

After two full seasons in Ligue 2, theformer US Granville participant now I’m going to rub shoulders with the elite.

The gifted Manchois had time to precise himself throughout the summer time coaching at Olympique Lyonnais.

First launched in opposition to Bourg-en-Bresse (4-2 win on 9 July), the “infant”, as his coach Peter Bos known as him, delivered constant and convincing presentation in Ron’s midfield.

It’s good as a result of I used to be keen to begin within the Lyon shirt. Other than that, it went fairly nicely.

Johan Lepenant was capable of present his qualities to the fullest extent. Sober in pores and skin, all the time accessible to supply an answer to his companions and fascinating together with his capacity to harass and win balls again, the France U20 worldwide confirmed that OL’s funding was justified.

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Level to cross

Also that includes in opposition to Anderlecht (a 3-0 loss) and Feyenoord (a 2-0 win), Lyon’s new quantity 24 was fascinating in coping with his companions. In the Netherlands, Lepenant shaped a profitable tandem with Jeff Reine-Adelaide. “The administration spoke to him, however he’s good and he’s adapting,” congratulated his team-mate after the assembly.

Granvillais clearly has a lot room for enchancment, as a result of you’ll be able to’t be good at 19, much more so once you get to OL. Sometimes too lateral and destructive in his passing, Johan Lepenant additionally discovers a brand new sport mission.

While enjoying with Jessy Deminguet in Caen’s 3-5-2 midfield, the teenager is at the moment deployed in a guard position in entrance of the defence.

My purpose is to progress in coaching, which is facilitated by my teammates. When you prepare alongside nice gamers, you progress sooner.

Meanwhile, the Granville native, who subsequently now shares the locker room with French nationals resembling Lacazette or Tolisso, might turn into a severe possibility from the beginning of the championship (August 5 in Ajaccio). “He’s the one true No. 6,” his coach recalled. The former Caennais can make the most of the various bodily points that plague the OL circles.

Although Johan Lepennan’s profession at Lyon is just in its infancy, the promise that’s being seen could make one optimistic.

Brice DUFOUR

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