The ‘deadwood’ in the Liverpool squad left over by Gerard Houllier has finally began to float out of Anfield and back across the English channel where it came from. Midfielder Bruno Cheyrou, hailed by Houllier as the new Zidane when he signed him four years ago, has joined Rennes.
Cheyrou, who will be rememebered for being the man who finally helped end the Stamford Bridge hoodoo when he scored the only goal of the game in Houllier’s final season, has spent the last two seasons on loan to Marseille and Bordeaux. The 28 year old Frenchman has joined Rennes – his fourth French side after signing from Lille back in the summer of 2002.
He was part of the worst summer signing spree ever, lining up alongside the already departed El Hadji Diouf and Senegal flop Salif Diao. Diao spent part of last season on loan to Portsmouth and is now available for transfer, but seemingly with no takers, as of yet at least!
Two other Houllier signings still hanging around having failed to fully make the grade are Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Anthony Le Tallec. The two spent differing spells at Blackburn and Sunderland last season. Le Tallec failed to hold down a starting place even at the relegation heading Wearsiders, while Flo-Po did ok at Rovers and could remain at Anfield this season. Le Tallec has had interest from French sides and is expected to end up there this summer.
Another Frenchman who could leave this summer is Djimi Traore, particularly now Fabio Aurelio’s arrival looks set to be confirmed. Traore had attracted interest from Fulham previously, and last summer almost joined Everton.