OFFICIAL: Fiorentina lends Pol Lirola to Olympique de Marseille
Well, it didn’t take long. Days later rumors of Pol Lirola’s departure for Olympique de Marseille on loan, the back touched the ground and began to train with his new team. The terms of the deal are a 6 month loan agreement with € 12million due at the end of the season to make the change permanent.
It was pretty clear that the former Spain Under-21 international was about to come out when, after initially being named to the squad to face Cagliari, he wasn’t even in the stadium. In some ways, it’s no surprise that he was relegated after just one year to Fiorentina; he had clearly failed to impress Cesare Prandelli and had only secured a start under the new manager.
On the other hand, Daniele Pradè paid 13 million euros to buy it from Sassuolo after the loan from last season; Suffering a loss to an obviously talented 23-year-old who plays in a position Viola have been notoriously unable to fill for a decade or so shows just how much the club’s player-recruiting policies are being broken.
As we said when we initially reported the rumor, Lirola’s path to a starting role with The Om is pretty clear, with just two aging veterans to go. His incredible athleticism and dynamism on the ball should immediately endear him to Andre Villas-Boas and we expect him to make future charges look like a steal in the second half of the season. He’s probably a lot closer to the player who showed immense promise with the Neroverdi and on those occasions Giuseppe Iachini used him on the right than the guy who frustrated us when he was used on the left or deployed under Vicenzo Montella .
His departure leaves Prandelli with Martín Cáceres and Lorenzo Venuti as options for the right winger; neither offers the threat of attacking to really confuse opponents, and this is a matter of major concern. Pradè, however, is not likely to remain unmoved, with a move against AC Milan man Andrea Conti apparently advance at full speed. The real question is whether the injured former Atalanta winger still has anything in the tank, but it’s a decision to trade a 23-year-old with star potential for a 26-year-old. year old who averages less than 600 championship minutes per season. since leaving Bergamo.
Either way, it’s probably in Lirola’s best interests to go somewhere where the philosophy fits her playstyle better. We wish her the best and, I repeat, fully anticipate her success in her new one. club. The profanity, the nonstop play and the undeniable promise will be missed. Thanks for everything, Pol. We’re sorry that didn’t work; it’s not you, it’s us.