Two years after leaving, the Toulouse club will return to the French football elite next season. But which workforce to be competitive? Preparation has already begun.
A jubilation like the Stadium had not been known for some time. On Monday evening, 25 April, the Toulouse lawn was invaded by thousands of elated TFC fans: the Violets are officially back in Ligue 1 after beating Niort 2-0. After two seasons in the second division, and after missing a goal hike at the end of last season (defeated by Nantes in the L2 / L1 play-offs).
VIDEO. Ligue 2: great atmosphere around the Stadium before TFC – Niort, match of the climb for the Tolosains
Now, as coach Philippe Montanier observed, “the hardest part remains to be done”. Which team for Ligue 1? Here are the challenges of the leaders of Toulouse.
Keep van den Boomen and Healey
The priority will be to keep key players, including Dutch midfielder Branco van den Boomen, a leading figure in these attractive Violets. Trained at Ajax and bought € 350,000 from De Graafschap, in Dutch D2, two years ago, he already has 20 assists and 12 goals to his credit. Shows that naturally attract greed.
TFC: The Violets return to the top after the victory against Niort
Current top scorer in L2 with 20 goals, England’s Rhys Healey may also be in high demand, while young club-trained shooters (defenders Bafodé Diakité and Anthony Rouault, midfielder Nathan Ngoumou) should be blocked by leaders.
Determined to take on their new goals, Toulouse, with real popular enthusiasm for two years, should therefore be quite active on the market, with several positions to strengthen (left back, midfielder, central defender).
IN THE IMAGES, IN THE IMAGES. TFC returns to Ligue 1: evening of jubilation at the Stadium!
Continuing to rely on data, one of the great successes of the new management, with the signing of many unknown players upon their arrival and very successful since then, such as Danish defenders Rasmus Nicolaisen (25) and Mikkel Desler (27), Japanese and Brazilian strikers Ado Onaiwu (26) and Ratao (26) or Australian midfielder Denis Genreau (22).
And the coach? Philippe Montanier should stay
The “coach” of the Violets has been able to impress the paw, and is appreciated by the fans. This return to the top flight is also his personal success, at the age of 57 The former club goalkeeper (1994-1997) had already brought Boulogne-sur-Mer to L1 in 2009.
VIDEO. TFC in Ligue 1: the images of the invasion of the field by the stadium crowd
Staying firmly in the elite: Will American shareholders provide more resources?
This is the wish of the new owner, the American fund Red Bird. In the history of the club, this is the second time that TFC has managed to move back into the elite without losing (too much) time: after the administrative relegation to the national team in 2001, the Toulouse club, later bought by Olivier Sadran, had chained two climbs. following.
The Sadran era had experienced a sad ending with relegation in the spring of 2020, at the end of a nightmare exercise (only three wins in 28 games) interrupted before the end by the Covid-19 pandemic.
VIDEO. TFC in Ligue 1: Dejaegere and Onaiwu take the Violets to the top of French football! Relive the match against Niort (2-0)
The former owner had decided in the process to sell the club to the American investment fund Red Bird Capital, which arrived in Pink City with great ambitions. “Toulouse are a Ligue 1 club in Ligue 2”, continues to repeat from the new president Damien Comolli, a trusted man of the American hosts. It will have taken him two years to keep his promise after failing last season to pick up “Téfécé”, beaten by Nantes in the accession dam (1-2, 1-0).
For this season in Ligue 1, Red Bird intends to put his hands in his pockets and the budget, already the biggest in Ligue 2 this season (20 million) is expected to increase sharply.
What role can TFC play in Ligue 1?
“There is no reason why we shouldn’t be at the top of the Ligue 1 standings. I’m not talking about European places, but the top 6-8,” President Comolli announced when he took office.
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For the foreseeable future, TFC are now aiming to seek their third league title in the 2nd division (after 1982 and 2003), which could be done quickly as they are eight points clear of their runner-up Ajaccio. . Maybe next Monday, May 2, on the ground of Rodez, who struggles not to go down to the National 1.