The TFC in Ligue 1: transfer window, budget, sustainability at the highest level… the projects waiting for the leaders

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Two years after his departure, the Toulouse club will return to the elite of French football next season. But which workforce needs to be competitive? The preparation has already started.

A jubilant atmosphere like the Stadium had not been known for a long time. On Monday evening, April 25, the Toulouse perimeter fence was taken over by thousands of euphoric TFC fans as the Violets officially returned to Ligue 1 after beating Niort 2-0. After two seasons in the second division, and after missing the rise by one goal at the end of last season (beaten by Nantes in the L2/L1 play-offs).

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Now, as coach Philippe Montanier noted, “the hardest thing is yet to be done”. Which team for Ligue 1? These are the challenges of the leaders of Toulouse.

Keep van den Boomen and Healey

The priority is to retain key players, including Dutch midfielder Branco van den Boomen, the figurehead of these attractive Violets. Trained at Ajax and bought 350,000 euros from De Graafschap 2 years ago, in Dutch D2, he already has 20 assists and 12 goals to his name. Images that naturally attract desire.

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Current top scorer in L2 with 20 goals, Englishman Rhys Healey could also be in demand, while the young shots trained at the club (defenders Bafodé Diakité and Anthony Rouault, midfielder Nathan Ngoumou) should be locked down by the leaders. †

Determined to take up his new goals, Toulouse, with a real popular enthusiasm for two years, should be quite active in the transfer market, with several positions to strengthen (left back, midfielder, central defender).

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By continuing to rely on data, one of the great successes of the new management, with the signing of many players unknown at the time of their arrival and who have been very successful since then, such as Danish defenders Rasmus Nicolaisen (25) and Mikkel Desler (27 years ), the Japanese and Brazilian forwards Ado Onaiwu (26 years) and Ratao (26 years) or the Australian midfielder Denis Genreau (22 years).

And the coach? Philippe Montanier must stay

The “coach” of the Violets has been able to print his paw, and is appreciated by the supporters. This return to the highest level is also his personal success, at the age of 57 the former club keeper (1994 – 1997) had already brought Boulogne-sur-Mer to L1 in 2009.

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Settlement definitively within the elite: are US shareholders providing more resources?

That is the wish of the new owner, the American fund Red Bird. In the club’s history, this is the second time that the TFC has managed to climb back into the elite without wasting (too much) time: after its administrative relegation to National in 2001, the club from Toulouse, then bought by Olivier Sadran, had chained two consecutive climbs.

The Sadran era had a sad epilogue with relegation in the spring of 2020, at the end of a nightmarish exercise (just three wins in 28 games) that was interrupted before the end by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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In the process, the former owner had decided to sell the club to the American investment fund Red Bird Capital, which arrived in the Pink City with great ambitions. “Toulouse is a Ligue 1 club in Ligue 2,” has been repeated since new chairman Damien Comolli, the confidant of the American owners. He will have taken two years to deliver on his promise after failing to immediately step up “Téfécé”, defeated by Nantes in the entry barrier (1-2, 1-0), last season.

For this season in Ligue 1, Red Bird plans to team up and the budget, which is already the largest in Ligue 2 this season (20 million), should see a very marked increase.

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“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be at the top of the Ligue 1 standings. I’m not talking about European places, I’m talking about the top 6-8,” President Comolli announced when he took over.

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In the near future, the TFC is now aiming for its third 2nd division championship title (after 1982 and 2003), which could be done quickly as it is eight points ahead of its runner-up, Ajaccio. Perhaps next Monday, May 2, on the grounds of Rodez, who are struggling not to descend to National 1.