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Joe Cole, brought in on loan from Liverpool in August, must be permanently added to the squad after the season as he has provided a key component to the defending Ligue 1 champions this season.
The loss of both Gervinho and Yohan Cabaye is definitely showing at times this season. So far Eden Hazard and Moussa Sow have been carrying the load but they will not be able to do it forever. Cole has shored up the opposite wing in the wake of Gervinho's departure, and has looked lively when combining and interchanging with Hazard.
Lille are still not a side built for success on multiple fronts as they lack the depth, but if they continue to make strong loan moves such as Cole's they have a chance of building a solid foundation for future success.
The biggest threat to Lille's future is keeping a hold of Eden Hazard for at least another full season, but the deep pockets for Real Madrid or another top European club could prove irresistible.
If they can add several more players with quality and talent in January, such as out of favor Tottenham Hotspur Giovani Dos Santos who could be a great player in France, they might have a chance to challenge for a repeat of their title.