Former Chelsea target Ocampos scores debut goal for Marseille

Marseille Velodrome

After making his deadline day move from Monaco to Marseille, Lucas Ocampos scored in OM's 1-1 draw with Rennes on Saturday.

It was the first game for Ligue 1 clubs after the end of the January transfer window. One player making his debut for his new club was Argentine Lucas Ocampos.

The winger, once linked by talkSport with a move to Liverpool and Chelsea, made his debut for Olympique de Marseille against Rennes in Brittany.

The former Monaco player joined on an initial loan deal and made his debut at half-time, coming on for Romain Alessandrini. Marseille were already 1-0 down after Ola Toivonen had smashed home a first-half strike after a neat knock-down by Vincent Pajot and Marcelo Bielsa needed something to spark a turnaround.

Within 15 minutes of coming on the pitch, Ocampos had his first goal for his new club. Dimitri Payet swung in a near post corner and Ocampos swept it beyond Benoit Costil with his right-foot.

It was a goal that nearly never happened. After completing his loan deal, days later it looked like it may have to be cancelled. In Ligue 1 you are only allowed to loan out seven player to other French clubs at any one time. Ocampos was the eighth player that Monaco sent out on loan.

To have the move fully ratified, the Riviera club had to cancel the loan move of Dominic Pandor to Paris FC so the deal to Marseille could go through.

The initial loan deal makes sense from both sides, with Ocampos failing to make the mark at Monaco, and his countryman Bielsa hoping that he can get the best out of the former River Plate star.

What doesn't make sense if the clause that if Marseille make the Champion League this season, they have to pay their Ligue 1 rivals around €14 million for the pleasure of taking him permanently from Monaco. It is a great deal for the Monegasque side, they paid €16 million for him three years ago, so to recoup nearly all of that, makes great business for Leandro Jardim's side.

Ocampos may make the grade at Marseille, but with only 10 goals in three years at Monaco, he hasn't quite fulfilled the potential that many believe he has.

That's what attracted Chelsea, and it's what has brought Bielsa to make this deal, but despite his goal, it's Monaco who are the winners. Only time will tell who is right in the long run.

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