Shortly after Serhou Guirassy’s name was not on the list of players travelling to Berlin and Aue to start the 2019 portion of the current season, we heard that the 22-year-old striker had been given permission to find a new place to play football.
And in the waning hours of the transfer window, we heard that Guirassy had cleared out his locker and was headed to his homeland for a physical exam with SC Amiens of Ligue 1.
The official account is that the 22-year-old transfers as a loan until the end of the season, at which point Amiens has the option to buy.
Since arriving in the summer of 2016 from OSC Lille on a 3.8 million Euro purchase, Guirassy’s performance never matched the promise of his potential. He appeared in 45 matches, but averaged less than 47 minutes per appearance.
Despite relatively limited use, one of Guirassy’s nine goals for Köln will live on forever in the hearts and minds of the club. His strike from the penalty spot provided the only goal in the club’s 1:0 home win over Arsenal in last year’s Europa League, which actually (for a brief moment) opened the door for the FC to survive the group stage, despite dismal starts to both their Europa and Bundesliga campaigns.
Yet, even in the second division and with Simon Zoller transferred away over the winter, guirassy had apparently realized his future in Köln was somewhat limited and at least intimated to club officials that he was ready to move on.
“I need a new challenge and the opportunity to play more again,” says Guirassy. “While I want to contribute my piece in Amiens toward retaining the class in Ligue 1, I am crossing my fingers for the entire FC and its fans the best for promotion.”
Amiens is currently 18th in the twenty-team Ligue 1. Like in the top two German tiers, the two bottom clubs are automatically relegated, while the third from bottom (i.e. 18th) must face a relegation playoff.
“This transfer is a good solution for both sides,” says sporting director Armin Veh. “Serhou is a young, talented player who needs regular playing time for his development; we cannot offer it to him at this time.”
Perhaps it will be a good solution for Guirassy, but playing time is no sure bet with his new club either. Amiens typically plays with a single striker, with time currently split between Saman Ghoddos and Moussa Konaté. Konaté is currently out with a groin injury, giving Guirassy opportunity for at least some early action as a substitute.
Whether he can force his way into the starting group or even maintain a rotational role once Konat Konaté is healthy will obviously be key to whether he has a longer-term home in Amiens. Likewise, should the club suffer relegation, it is possible Guirassy could position himself as a fixture in a rebuild.
Otherwise, he could be returning to Köln in a few months, again on the search for a footballing home, knowing he is not yet ready to supplant Simon Terodde, nor even the as-of-yet-unavailable Anthony Modeste.