With Marlo Pjaca dropping the bombshell that he’ll finish the season with Fiorentina rather than accept a Juventus-approved move to Genoa, the Viola once again have a surplus of wingers. It’s no surprise, then, that Valentin Eysseric is the new favorite to head for pastures new before February begins. Violanews.com reports that three teams have made offers for him and that Pantaleo Corvino and company are currently evaluating which, if any, are good enough.
Should this rumor prove true, it’s Nantes in pole position with Bordeaux and PAOK close behind. An offer of €5 million would probably suffice, but sorting out whether a loan or an outright sale may take some time.
It’s been an underwhelming year for Eysseric, who’s made just 8 appearances, half from the bench, and tallied one assist across his 354 minutes. With the summer additions of Pjaca and Kevin Mirallas, though, he was probably expected to play even less.
This is no knock on Eysseric, who’s at worst a useful squad player. His silkiness and clever linkup play drifting in from the wing offers something different from the other wide men on the roster, but his lack of pace prevents him from really threatening a high line and he doesn’t offer much goal threat.
Still only 26 and with his pedigree as a France U21 international, he has plenty to offer a team that can take advantage of his talents. Between injuries and intra-squad competition for places, though, it feels like he never really got a chance at Fiorentina; he’s the type who could easily jumpstart his career elsewhere, and we wish him luck should he choose to do so.