OM: what could the line-up look like with all the recruits?


OM has accelerated considerably in the transfer market. And it is a workforce regenerated by the arrival of young and promising recruits that is emerging before our eyes. The opportunity to imagine what Jorge Sampaoli’s team could look like at the start of the school year.


Arrived last winter on the bench of OM, Jorge Sampaoli is only at the beginning of his adventure, the best pages of which remain to be written. Seen from the outside, the year 0 of his reign arouses curiosity, so imagine for the Marseille fans, who may not have felt so much excitement since the start of the mandate of another famous Argentinian technician, Marcelo “El Loco” Bielsa. Jorge Sampaoli, like his illustrious predecessor, is driven by the desire to impose his ideas, but he will not be able to do so without an in-depth overhaul of the squad which has enabled him to tear off Europe during the season. last (5th).

Without Kamara or Caleta-Car?

Sampaoli was asking for recruits, and we can say that he was served at the start of the transfer market. Three players have already arrived at key positions, in order to compensate for certain departures, in particular that of Florian Thauvin, and it is not over yet. Gerson, Leonardo Balerdi (already on loan last season), Cengiz Ünder and Konrad de la Fuente have signed, pending Matteo Guendouzi, Pau Lopez and possibly William Saliba. On paper, the OM team will look good, that’s for sure. It remains to know the intentions of Jorge Sampaoli, and to know if he will leave with in mind to go even further in the ideas that he was starting to put in place.

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It is not a question here of announcing what Jorge Sampaoli is going to do with this Marseille team, simply to make assumptions, considering his tactical preferences and the face of the future OM which is starting to emerge. Because if they have not yet left, it is a safe bet that Boubacar Kamara and Duje Caleta-Car, the players with the highest market value of the club, will leave by the resumption of Ligue 1, August 6 (Marseille will start on Sunday 8 with a trip to Montpellier), or the end of the transfer window on August 31. This is why you will not find them in our different probable compositions.

OM in 3-5-2

A pattern of play that should be preferred by the coach
A game plan that should be preferred by the coach © @RMCSport

Mandanda (or Pau Lopez) – Alvaro, Balerdi, Saliba – Lirola, Guendouzi, Gerson, Gueye, Amavi – Payet, Milik


OM in 4-3-3

Cengiz Ünder would find his place more easily in a 4-3-3

Mandanda (or Pau Lopez) – Lirola, Alvaro, Balerdi (or Saliba), Amavi – Gueye, Guendouzi, Gerson – Ünder, Milik, Luis Henrique (or de la Fuente).

OM in 4-2-3-1

Payet would slip into a leading role, behind the striker

Mandanda (or Pau Lopez) – Lirola, Alvaro, Balerdi (or Saliba), Amavi – Guendouzi, Gerson – Ünder, Payet, Luis Henrique (or de la Fuente) – Milik.

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