Clément Michelin, a late train

On paper, the profile of the 25-year-old matched the search for a French element broken in Ligue 2, which he knew with Ajaccio (2018/2019) and especially Lens (2019/2020) for the comeback. Less used at AEK Athens in 2022, he was loaned to the Girondins with the option to buy. Neither his entourage nor the club’s management could be reached on Tuesday to specify whether or not this option was conditional on a number of games played.

“He puts too much pressure on himself”

After three weeks of waiting in August to see his contract approved, Michelin had to resolve to see Malcom Bokélé hold the position of right-back. This has not prevented him from coming into play in the last three games. But he is each time involved in a goal at Saint-Étienne (0-2), against Dijon (2-1) and at Laval (2-1).

Comparison between Clément Michelin and Malcom Bokélé (based on 90 minutes).


It’s starting to add up, and the addition could have been higher on Monday if the referees had seen that he covered the offside on Durbant’s goal and then his foul in the box at the end of the game. The ex-Toulouse is clearly lacking in confidence, and it shows in everything he does.

“He puts a little too much pressure on himself. Technically he is very safe, but we will have to take a little pressure off him, let him relax more, ”said David Guion. His player, hit in the knee, could not take advantage of the friendly match during the international break to perk up.


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