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This summer Marseille have acquired two players from Lille, both of whom have the potential to have a major impact on OM’s season.
French international Dimitri Payet and prodigious midfielder Florian Thauvin both arrive on the Cote d’Azur with baggage, but either man could have the capacity to lead Marseille’s charge against Ligue 1’s new money.
In fairness, similar things were written two years ago when Payet made his move from Saint-Etienne to Lille, including this piece on Bettor.com by Lucien Lefevre Preud'homme. At the time it was hoped that the Reunion-born winger would be the catalyst to perpetuate Les Dogues’ domestic successes.
It wasn’t to be, and, despite making over 70 appearances on the banks of the Deule, Payet was unable to help Lille return to the top of the classement. His early form at Marseille has been encouraging, and both player and club will be hoping that a successful season will end in World Cup glory in Brazil next summer.
Twenty-year-old Florian Thauvin made much less of an impact at Lille; soon after arriving at the club earlier in the year, he decided that it wasn’t quite for him and, after a loan stint back at former club Bastia, now moves on having never made an appearance at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Marseille will hope they can finally unlock this exceptional (if troubled) talent, who was once targeted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle according to the Daily Star.