Olympique Lyonnais have officially confirmed that their young goalkeeper Mathieu Patouillet has joined FC Sochaux on loan until the end of the season. The French stopper has joined the third-division club with the hope of gaining some first team experience.
Opportunities for the 19-year-old at the Groupama Stadium this season were likely to be limited with both Anthony Lopes and Rémy Riou ahead of him in the goalkeeping pecking order at Lyon. Rémy Riou has been deputising for Lopes who has been out with injury in recent weeks.
FC Sochaux have been embroiled in financial trouble over the summer and were on the brink of bankruptcy amid the DNCG’s decision to relegate them to the third tier of French football. However, the club were saved after Jean-Claude Plessis completed a takeover of the club. Subsequently, Patouillet will be hoping to help them secure promotion back to Ligue 2 this season.
GFFN | Liam Wraith