The TFC in Ligue 1: transfer window, budget, sustainability at the highest level... the projects awaiting the leaders

The TFC in Ligue 1: transfer window, budget, sustainability at the highest level… the projects awaiting the leaders

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Two years after leaving it, the Toulouse club will return to the elite of French football next season. But what workforce to be competitive? The preparation has already started.

A jubilation like the Stadium had not known for a long time. Monday evening, April 25, the lawn of the Toulouse enclosure was taken over by thousands of euphoric TFC fans: the Violets officially returned to Ligue 1 after beating Niort 2-0. After two seasons in the second division, and after missing the rise by one goal at the end of last season (beaten by Nantes in the L2/L1 play-offs).

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Now, as coach Philippe Montanier noted, “the hardest part remains to be done”. Which team for Ligue 1? Here are the challenges of the Toulouse leaders.

Keep van den Boomen and Healey

The priority will be to retain key players, including Dutch midfielder Branco van den Boomen, figurehead of these attractive Violets. Trained at Ajax and bought 350,000 euros from De Graafschap, in Dutch D2, two years ago, he already has 20 assists and 12 goals to his credit. Performances that naturally attract covetousness.

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Current top scorer in L2 with 20 goals, the Englishman Rhys Healey could also be in high demand, while the young shoots trained at the club (defenders Bafodé Diakité and Anthony Rouault, midfielder Nathan Ngoumou) should be locked by the leaders. .

Determined to assume its new objectives, Toulouse, with a real popular enthusiasm for two years, should then be quite active on the transfer market, with several positions to strengthen (left back, midfielder, central defender).

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By continuing to rely on data, one of the great successes of the new management, with the signing of many players unknown on their arrival and very successful since, such as Danish defenders Rasmus Nicolaisen (25) and Mikkel Desler ( 27 years old), the Japanese and Brazilian attackers Ado Onaiwu (26 years old) and Ratao (26 years old) or the Australian midfielder Denis Genreau (22 years old).

And the coach? Philippe Montanier should stay

The “coach” of the Violets has been able to print his paw, and is appreciated by the supporters. This return to the top flight is also his personal success, at 57 The former club goalkeeper (1994 – 1997) had already raised Boulogne-sur-Mer to L1 in 2009.

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Establishing a permanent position among the elite: will American shareholders provide more resources?

This is the wish of the new owner, the American fund Red Bird. In the history of the club, this is the second time that the TFC has managed to climb back into the elite without wasting (too much) time: after its administrative demotion to National in 2001, the Toulouse club, then bought by Olivier Sadran, had chained two successive climbs.

The Sadran era had experienced a sad epilogue with relegation in the spring of 2020, at the end of a nightmarish exercise (only three wins in 28 matches) interrupted before its end by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The former owner had decided in the process to sell the club to the American investment fund Red Bird Capital, which arrived in the Pink City with big ambitions. “Toulouse is a Ligue 1 club in Ligue 2”, keeps repeating since the new president Damien Comolli, man of confidence of the American owners. He will have taken two years to keep his promise after failing last season to immediately bring up “Téfécé”, beaten by Nantes in the accession dam (1-2, 1-0).

For this season in Ligue 1, Red Bird intends to put their hands in their pockets and the budget, already the biggest in Ligue 2 this season (20 million) should experience a very clear increase.

What role can the TFC play in Ligue 1?

“There’s no reason we shouldn’t be at the top of the Ligue 1 standings. I’m not talking about European places, but about the top 6-8,” President Comolli announced when he took over. function.

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In the immediate future, the TFC now aims to seek its third 2nd division championship title (after 1982 and 2003), which could be done quickly since it is eight points ahead of its runner-up, Ajaccio. . Maybe next Monday, May 2 on the ground of Rodez, which is struggling not to go down to National 1.

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