Leaving this summer from VAFC, most of them at the end of their contracts, these former Valenciennes continue their careers far from Hainaut with more or less success. Most of them stayed in France, while others flourish abroad.
The continuity of Ligue 2
They will return to Stade du Hainaut this season. After their more or less successful adventure in the North, these five players decided to stay in Ligue 2 BKT. Far from being indisputable last season, Sambou Yatabaré decided to follow Olivier Guégan to Sochaux at the end of his contract. It is clear that the Malian is not a priority in the Doubs, since he has not played a single minute of play. At the other end of France, in Guingamp in Brittany, Baptist William He is having a difficult start to the season personally. Holder three times in the league, the former Valenciennes striker has still not unlocked his counter despite his team’s good start to the season.
Let’s go up the coast to stop in Caen, where Emmanuel Ntim. Scorer for the first time of the season against Guingamp a month ago, the defender injured his hamstrings and has not stepped on the pitch since. In the south of France, Sessi D’Almeida always makes his rough game speak as much as ever. Holder eight times out of nine, the Beninese midfielder has already received four warnings, a good ratio. Finally, having left for Rodez at the very end of the summer transfer window, Eric Vandenabeele did not take long to be adopted by the supporters of Rodez Aveyron Football. The former VAFC defender scored the equalizer against Paris FC last Saturday, ending more than two seasons without scoring.
The National to revive
At the lower level, five former Valenciennes have found their happiness. Left to carry out his pre-season at the UNFP before finding a contract at the Villefranche club, Laurent Dos Santos slowly but surely integrates the starting lineup, with two tenures in the last two meetings. Shunned all last season, Arsene Elogo tries to revive at Puy Foot Auvergne. Holder six times in the first six meetings, the former number 10 of VA signed an assist in the defeat of his team against Châteauroux.
In difficulty at the start of the season away from its bases, Le Mans can rely on a Nicolas Kocik solid at home to take points. Holder on all the meetings, the goalkeeper produced two “clean sheets” and conceded seven goals. Finally at Red Star, in the Paris region, Moussa Guell et Issouf Macalou have found each other. The first has started twice, but has still not been decisive this season, while the second has found the back of the net twice in six games played.
Successful loan returns
Two players were loaned to Valenciennes last season, and therefore returned to their clubs. Gaetan Robail ultimately did not have a chance with RC Lens. After having done all the preparation with the Sang et Or, the Lensois was finally released from his contract to join Atromitos Athens, an elite Greek club. The striker is part of his team’s good start to the season, starting in the first five matches. The VA alum scored his first goal a little over ten days ago. As for Lucas Chevalier, no need to really detail his career, many are aware of it. Number 2 in LOSC behind Léo Jardim at the start of the season, the goalkeeper on loan to Valenciennes last season made his Ligue 1 debut recently, in Marseille (2-1). He followed up with a second start, in front of his home crowd this time, against Toulouse with a first success (2-1).
Two players away from France…
Left to discover the Romanian championship, Aly Abeid has so far only played ten minutes in eleven games with his club UTA Arad. A completely different course than that ofAbu Ouattara, which competes in the Europa League with Sheriff Tiraspol. No you’re not dreaming, the Burkinabé, clearly sidelined in Valenciennes, only missed one game out of the 17 played between the championship, the qualifiers for the Champions League and the Europa League. At the moment, he is displaying decent stats of one goal and two assists.
… two others unemployed
Maxime Spano et Gaëtan Arib haven’t found a club yet. The second carried out all his summer preparation in the ranks and the UNFP with Laurent Dos Santos.