OL - Mercato: Damien Da Silva, much more than a replacement?

OL - Mercato: Damien Da Silva, much more than a replacement?

The arrival of the central defender Damien Da Silva was formalized on May 26.Announced as a lining in Jason Denayer or Marcelo, the former Rennais could rebatter cards in the OL defensive sector.

As when he arrived in Rennes in 2018 from Caen, Damien Da Silva, whose transfer was formalized on Wednesday, disembarks in the capital of Gaul.A free reinforcement for OL which, deprived of the Champions League, will have to pay attention to its finances this summer.Announced as a number 4 in the hierarchy behind Jason Denayer and Marcelo, and Sanaly Diomandé, Damien Da Silva could still redistribute the cards, within the Lyon rearguard.

It is in any case this thinking Fabrice Pinel, founder of the site retracing the history of the Breton club, Rougememoire.com.""He arrives in the shoes of a non-turner, he compensates for the defections of a player in central defense. C’était pareil au Stade Rennais lorsqu'il débarque, explique-t-il à O&L.There was a Gélin-Mexer hinge and Da Silva arrives to make number 3 and we realize after two matches that it is an indisputable element.""

A central defender who checks all the boxes

Captain of Rennes for two seasons and the departure of Benjamin André in the direction of Lille, the native of Talence played 219 Ligue 1 matches for 14 goals and 5 assists.In addition to his experience in the elite, the 33 -year -old defender also had European games with six Champions League meetings and thirteen of the Europa League to his credit.While Olympique Lyonnais lacks a bit of character, the arrival of Da Silva can compensate for this lack, as Fabrice Pinel assures us. ""C’est un mec fiable.The supporters, we are the first, are not a fan of this type of recruitment.In Rennes, we thought it was average to replace Joris Gnagnon and then that in use, it is not super technically super end but it defends well, it is present, it puts a commitment, it wet the jersey, he explains.He all fills the boxes with what we want to see in a central hinge "".

Holder in the second half of the season?

The Rhodanian club should not register reinforcement in this sector this summer.Joachim Andersen, back from loan from Fulham, is unlikely to stay in the Rhône.OL should therefore rely on Jason Denayer, Marcelo, Salyly Diomandé and Damien Da Silva for its central axis, even if the young Abdoulaye Ndiaye and Castello Lukeba could integrate the rotation over the season.For Fabrice Pinel, see the former Caennais settle quickly and over time within the Lyon rear guard is not to be excluded. ""A Rennes, ça lui a pris trois matches pour être titulaire.In Lyon, it's a little higher and there will be a new coach that will get caught, he says.But if there is no other recruit in this position, I see quite a Da Silva-Denayer hinge which is the second part of the season as a holder "".

First recruit of the offseason, Da Silva, who signed for two seasons at Olympique Lyonnais, arrives, initially, to bring his experience to young Lyon defensive shoots before perhaps winning his stoveWithin the starting eleven of Peter Bosz.