If Lorient finishes strong this season and keeps the hope of beating its record of points on one exercise (58 in 2009-2010), Romain Faivre is no stranger to it. Scorer Sunday in Montpellier, with an adjusted recovery (68th), the attacking midfielder (24 years old) on loan from OL was decisive for the third game in a row. For a player of his quality, this is not a performance in itself. Except that he had not succeeded in doing so for almost two years (August-September 2021).
Arrived in Morbihan this winter for “finding playtime and pleasure”the former international Espoirs (8 caps, 2 goals) finally seems to flourish with Les Merlus (2 goals and 3 ists in 13 matches this season in L1), as evidenced by his performance in Paris (3-1, the April 30) and against Brest (2-1, May 7).
An adaptation facilitated by the confidence granted by his trainer Régis Le Bris, who was full of praise for him on Sunday: “We see, in an axial position, that he can be really formidable when we find him between the lines. He has accuracy in his first touches and an incredible ability to pick up speed. And he still has room. »
Its ociation with Enzo Le Fée in support of a tip fits perfectly with its qualities. Free in his movements, he found the desire to make differences, like Sunday in Montpellier (8 duels won out of 14). What he had lost in Lyon, where Laurent Blanc nevertheless wanted to keep him, but where he did not see himself staying, a question of feeling. “There is an energy in Lorient, a good group of friends having fun on the pitch, it makes you want to be part of the adventure”he told the Telegram at the beginning of February.
The new kid didn’t need to convince his new partners much to join the dance. “We knew he was a great player because we had already played him, recalled his captain Laurent Abergel, Sunday. He had hurt us very badly. We are happy to have him with us. And besides, he’s a good guy. » The type of those who do not hesitate to chat with opponents in the middle of a match, as with Montpellier defender Christopher Jullien: “I told him he has a bright future ahead of him. I hope he will bring everything he can to an even better team. »
Under contract until 2026 with OL, who recruited him for 15 million in Brest in 2021, Romain Faivre should return there this summer, the Rhone club not having wished to include a purchase option in the transaction . Yet Le Bris would not be against the idea of keeping it a little longer: “It will be difficult (financially) for us but the question will be asked. »