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OPINION | Sébastien Corchia may have outgrown Lille

Adam White weighs in on Sébastien Corchia’s future with Lille. This is an extract from the Ligue 1 Review, a weekly column, available here.

Lille have had a turbulent 18 months. Should Marcelo Bielsa be appointed, Friday night’s 1-1 draw with ASSE is rumoured to be interim boss Patrick Collot’s last game in charge, he would be their 5th head coach in less than two years. René Girard’s reign faltered and petered out at the end of the 2014/15 season, Hervé Renard’s dire spell at the helm came to nothing and Fred Antonetti was unable to maintain any sort of presentable form without the mercurial Sofiane Boufal.

The only consistently excellent (or even decent) performer, Boufal aside, during this period has been full back Sébastien Corchia. It is both a testament to the right-back’s ability and the lacklustre LOSC attack that he has often been their most potent attacking weapon.

His crossing highlights reel would resemble some of David Beckham’s early work, with the pace and whip he provides that teases forwards and frightens defenders. Beckham is also an influence Corchia draws on for another his weapons; the dead ball, Bastia being his latest victim back in October.

Having received a call up from Didier Deschamps and continuing to display the technical ability and defensive intensity that make him such an effective outlet, seems to suggest he may be starting to outgrow Lille in their current state. The 27 year old’s quality is standing out a mile in the vast majority of the Northern club’s outings this season.

It is unlikely that he will leave in January but a summer move to a bigger club should be in the offing in a bid to develop his career and realise the potential he possess.


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