According to ESPN, Danish international Christian Poulsen looks set to move to newly promoted French club Évian. The midfielder has failed to find regular first-team football for Liverpool after his £4.5 million move from Juventus last summer and looks set to move on just a year into his three-year deal.
Poulsen has barely had a look in at Liverpool and the arrival of Charlie Adam has not helped his situation. He is yet to appear this season and was recently dropped from the Danish squad. The former Sevilla man would do well to ensure his departure from the Anfield club if he wishes to to get back in the Danish side.
The midfielder said this month that he has to "get to play matches regularly." That suggests he would not mind a move away from Merseyside if it were to guarantee him first-team action, which a move to Évian, currently 14th in Ligue 1, would do.
Poulsen often found himself out of position and was coming in and out of the team—factors that help explain his lack of success at the club—and a move to the smaller Ligue 1 outfit will allow him to find a regular berth and hopefully some form.
A move to Évian is likely to result in a large pay cut for the Danish midfielder, but it will be worth it if he gets the first-team football he wants and needs. For a player in his position, the decision is not too difficult. He might be leaving one of the most renowned clubs in the world, but his career is not progressing and, if he stays, his prospects will only worsen.
Évian Thonon Gaillard, to give the club its full name, was founded in 2003 after two small clubs merged. At that time, just eight years ago, the club was playing in the fourth tier of the French league system. However, they were promoted in their first season and over the last two seasons they won back-to-back promotions to take themselves from the third tier of French football to the very top division.
So far, they have not fared too badly and currently sit above Olimpique de Marseille and Nice, two teams you might have actually heard of, although it is perhaps still too early in the season for the league to have formed a realistic shape. Signings such as Sidney Govou show that the club do not intend to be one-season wonders.
Espanyol have been linked with Poulsen in recent times, and a move to La Liga might have seemed tempting; it was there, with Sevilla, that Poulsen saw the most successful period of his club career so far. The team also finished eighth last season and would appear to be a more attractive proposition than the Ligue 1 minnows.
If Poulsen finds success with Évian, it could certainly get his career back on track. Players such as Scott Parker have shown that a team does not necessarily need to succeed for a player to receive praise and the move down a level, of both club and league, could eventually help Poulsen secure a move to a bigger club, provided he does actually perform well.
It is rare enough for a player to play in the top divisions of England, Spain, Italy and Germany, as Poulsen has, but it is almost unheard of for anyone to have played in the French top league as well, which Poulsen looks set to accomplish. Indeed, Florian Raducioiu is, to date, the only player to have achieved such a feat.