Reports from France today suggest that manager Marcelino is poised to depart Olympique Marseille after just seven matches, per L’equipe. Iliman Ndiaye made the move to France over the summer, turning down a contract extension at Bramall Lane.
Ndiaye’s transition hasn’t gone as planned for the 23-year-old, who is struggling to regain his form that he displayed for Sheffield United. Despite arriving with anticipation from OM supporters, he has yet to score for his childhood club.
The Senegal international featured in both Champions League qualifying matches against Panathinaikos, with the Greek side prevailing in a penalty shootout. After starting the first three league matches, he has found himself on the bench in recent weeks since Marseille have further strengthened in his position.
Could Ndiaye return on loan?
His slow start will potentially impact Sheffield United due to the performance-based add-ons as part of his sale. But, maybe his struggle in France could open the door to a return to the Blades in January.
Nowadays, it is very common to see a player sold by a club in the summer transfer window but subsequently struggle to find their feet at their new club. That sometimes prompts a move back to his old club in the following window via the loan market in order to regain their confidence. This Ndiaye situation could lead down this road.