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Lyon Needs to Pick Up The Pace

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Lyon’s Manager Claude Puel has ruled out making any moves during the January transfer period and I’m here to ask “Why?”

I understand that the economy all over the world sucks right now and that there are teams that can’t even make payroll, but I don’t think Lyon is one of them and you would think that they would want to build on their past successes.  They made a good showing in the Champion’s League even though they are currently 13 points back on the Ligue 1 table.  Why wouldn’t you go and get somebody?  I’m not saying you have to make a blockbuster move, but for me it’s the little things that clubs do that make all the difference.

Lyon could go out and get a decent striker or a scrappy little defender that might put them on a run to get back towards the top. 

Bordeaux might lose Chamakh.  Lille, Montpellier, Marseille, and Auxerre are beatable clubs so why is Lyon just sitting back and holding their cards?  Does Puel know something we don’t?  He must because I can only suspect that he’s expecting an uprising within his club that will shoot them to the top. 

I thought this would be an ideal time to seize on the strife that Marouane Chamakh has caused in the Bordeaux locker room so that Lyon could take back Ligue 1 from the upstarts.

“But Chamakh isn’t going anywhere!” some would say.  That may be true, but what does it say about a team when its best player is “this close” to going incognito because he wants out?  Hasn’t anyone else thought that this dude has thought of just walking and seeing what happens?  Professional athletes do it all the time.  It’s like when a husband does all his chores really badly so his wife won’t expect him to do them anymore. 

The mere insinuation that Chamakh might be “sick and tired” is enough to get alot of people in Bordeaux to push the panic button.  C’est la Vie Lyon…before it’s too late!