Top 6 Players From Olympique Lyon Academy
Netgenz - Netizen buzz Sport | Olympique Lyon as one of the giant clubs in Ligue 1 France. Before the supremacy of Paris Saint-Germain in these years, Lyon was the ruler of the French League, especially in the early-mid 2000s.
Some of the big players had the star label made by the high school team to be one of their strength factors at that time. Some of the top players from Lyon high school are also favored by several EPL teams.
Here are the Top 6 Players From Olympique Lyon Academy
1. Bruno N'Gotty
The oldest Olympique Lyon high school graduate to play in the English Premier League is Bruno N'Gotty. The player who plays as a central defender spent all his youth period taking knowledge at Lyon high school.
N'Gotty was promoted to the special team in 1988 and played for Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, AC Venezia, and Marseille before playing in the EPL. He first arrived in England in 2001 to play for Bolton Wanderers.
N'Gotty had played for Leicester City, Birmingham, and Hereford United after leaving Bolton in 2006. However, his 147 performances in the EPL were only successful when he played for Bolton Wanderers.
2. Steed Malbranque
Steed Malbranque is the French footballer with the most number 3 performances in the English Premier League. Throughout his career in England from 2001 to 2011, Malbranque managed to record 336 performances from 3 different teams, namely Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, and Sunderland.
Previously, he had played for Olympique Lyon for four seasons professionally. With his performances, Steed Malbranque who spent four seasons in high school is said to be one of the most successful Lyon high school graduates of the pre-2000s era.
3. Loic Remy
The next name is the striker who now plays for Adana Demirspor, Loic Remy. The player who has reached the age of 35 years has spent seven years in the high school team of Olympique Lyon, before the promotion in 2006.
Queen Park Rangers (QPR) was the first English team that Remy played for, from 2013 to 2014. However, Remy was successful when he was loaned by QPR to Newcastle United for the 2013/2014 season.
Finally, Loic Remy was bought permanently by Chelsea in 2014. But unfortunately, he did not manage to show his best performance with the Blues. This made his name disappear and leave the EPL in 2017, after being loaned by Crystal Palace.
4. Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa has been registered as part of the Olympique Lyon youth team for 2 years. Having played in Ligue 1 for 6 years, Ben Arfa then moved to Newcastle United in 2010. However, Ben Arfa's performance can be said to be unstable.
The best season in the EPL, only occurred in the 2011/2012 season when he was able to record 26 performances with a record of five goals and 6 assists. Ben Arfa had also played for Hull City as a debt player.
However, it did not help his profession in the EPL. Finally, he moved to OGC Nice in 2015 which made his name recognizable to the public.
5. Alexandre Lacazette
Olympique Lyon was the first team for Alexandre Lacazette before joining Arsenal in 2017. Lacazette spent 6 years at Lyon high school and for quite a long time became the flagship in the senior team which took place in Groupama at this stage.
Overall, Lacazette's performance while wearing the Arsenal uniform is indeed quite satisfying. However, his performance this season feels down. Until the 2021/2022 season, Lacazette has recorded 70 goals and 36 assists from 196 matches for The Gunner.
6. Anthony Martial
Manchester United striker who is currently on loan by Sevilla, Anthony Martial as part of Lyon's high school team for three seasons. Martial never really featured in the Lyon senior team.
He even took part and grew up with AS Monaco, before moving to Man. United in 2015. Anthony Martial was awarded the Golden Boys Award in 2015. However, the award is not a guarantee that he will shine at a more mature age.
The problem is Martial's performance has decreased with Manchester United, especially in the last two years.
The names above are some of the big players who graduated from high school Olympique Lyon who have the most performances in the EPL. Apart from them, there were several other players such as Rachid Ghezzal who had played for Leicester City, Clinton N'Jie who had played for Tottenham Hotspur, and Florent Laville who had played for Bolton Wanderers.