Mercato: the Girondins de Bordeaux adjust their strategy with players on loan

Since the takeover of the club by Gérard Lopez in June 2021, the latter and his management team have applied the strategy of multiplying loans during transfer windows. Good or bad idea ?

Mercato: the Girondins de Bordeaux adjust their strategy with players on loan

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Multiplicity of loans to the Girondins in a few figures

For the 2021/2022 season, the team of Admar Lopes (Sporting Director of Girondins of Bordeaux) tried the loan strategy during the summer and winter transfer windows. Of the 14 coveted signings over the whole of last season, nine of them came in the form of a loan, or 64%.

List of players loaned to the Girondins last season:

Ahmedhodzic : loan with purchase option (value of loan: €1 million)
Adli : loan without purchase option
Pembele : loan without purchase option
Manga : loan with option to buy
Ignatenko : loan with purchase option (purchased in 2022 for €1m)
mensah : loan with option to buy
Elis : loan with purchase option (purchased in 2022 for €6m)
Dilrosun : loan with option to buy
Guilavogui : loan without purchase option

Of these nine players, only two were kept by the club following the descent to Ligue 2: Alberth Elis and Danylo Ignatenko

After the debacle suffered during the previous season and the demotion of FCGB to Ligue 2, the Bordeaux management activated three loans this season: Davitashvili, Badji and Michelin. This represents 50% of arrivals during the summer transfer window since Bordeaux totals three players recruited in the form of free transfers: Barbet, Straczek and NSimba.

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But why make so many loans?

There are several reasons, but in the case of Bordeaux, it is above all the lack of financial means which is the cause of the multiplication of loans. In addition to this absence of money, the limitation of the financial risk taken by recruiting a player in the form of a loan rather than a dry transfer. Indeed, if the club bets on the wrong horse, this is where the loan has its advantage. The club is under no obligation to retain the player.

Thus, management can try their luck on players without breaking the bank. In the event that they are convincing, the players can be recruited definitively if a purchase option is present. Otherwise, the club may decline this purchase option. This system allows managers to try out players before signing them.

Good or bad consequences?

In the case of the Girondins de Bordeaux club, there have been good and bad things. With new 9 players on loan in the squad over the last season, the cohesion of the group has been undermined during the fight for survival in Ligue 1.

Indeed, having too many players on loan in its workforce can make players disinterested in the fate of the club. Because most of its players return to their original club if this tragedy occurs. We can therefore consider that the investment of players on loan is less important than a player under contract with the club. The latter will be directly impacted by a descent, unlike the player on loan. This is the first perverse effect.

Also, with a majority of players on loan, it is almost impossible to grow your player assets. Admittedly, the club only spends a little money (Editor’s note Only salary and benefits), but it does not derive any economic benefit at the end of the loan.

This season, Admar Lopes has partly adjusted his strategy by reducing the share of players on loan in recruitment. However, we notice at mid-season that Badji and Michelin will not yet be taxed in the 11 of David Guion. On the contrary, Davitashvili is getting a little more in tune with the team.

Finally, the low total of recruits (6) and the many departures (19, all types of transfers included) have allowed the new generation of the training center to hatch over the matches this season. Maybe that’s building a quality workforce, amalgamating recruits under contract, club players, those from the academy and players on loan.


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