Aouar given Lyon captaincy chance
Rudi Garcia has revealed it will be Houssem Aouar's turn to captain Lyon on Sunday as he continues to mull over who gets the role full-time.
Since taking over from Sylvinho as Lyon boss, Garcia has yet to appoint a full-time captain with Memphis Depay, Anthony Lopes and Leo Dubois all sharing the duties in recent weeks.
Aouar will have the opportunity on Sunday to skipper the side when Lyon go to Marseille after Garcia admitted to being impressed with the 21-year-old since he took over.
The midfielder shone in particular in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Benfica in the Champions League, managing an assist in the Group G tie, and Garcia is pleased with his progress.
The Lyon chief says Aouar still has things to improve on but he is developing into a key player for his team and has the knack of having a positive effect on team-mates around him.
Garcia told reporters: “He will be captain on Sunday, he is a young player and still improving. He is listening and showed on Tuesday the full extent of his talent. He makes others play.”
The France Under-21 international, who came through the youth ranks at Lyon, has 16 goals and 21 assists for the club in a tally of 110 appearances in all competitions and will hope to impress with the armband this weekend.
Garcia is expected to weigh up his options over who should be his captain full time and may yet give other members of his first-team squad the chance to stake a claim in the coming weeks.
Lyon are 10th in Ligue 1 after 12 games, three points adrift of Marseille before Sunday’s clash, who occupy fourth.