Bayern Munich loanee Michaël Cuisance has had a fine start to life at Olympique Marseille. The Strasbourg native joined the Bavarians from rival Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer of 2019, but with Joshua Kimmich, Thiago Alcantara and Leon Goretzka ahead of him in the pecking order, Cuisance struggled to hold down a regular place in Hansi Flick’s starting XI and was thus loaned-out to French league giants Marseille on a year-long deal.
The 21-year-old midfielder is enjoying life at his new club. Twelve days after joining André Villas Boas’ troops, the Frenchman was handed his first appearance in 3-1 win over Bordeaux. Since his 73-minute debut, Cuisance has collected two more starts and featured in all three games for the Phocaeans.
Although yet to taste a victory in UEFA Champions League, he has delivered wins in both of his outings in Uber eats Ligue 1.
“When OM came in for me, I didn’t hesitate,” the 2017/18 Mönchengladbach player of the year told ligue1.com.
His coach, Villas-Boas, has exclusively used him at the #10 spot, in the hole behind striker Darío Benedetto and creative forward Florian Thauvin. While he is yet to get his name on the scoresheet, Cuisance won the highest number of challenges for his team in the two outings in French league.
“I’m very happy that he’s here. We’ve targeted him for several months. He showed all his qualities in Germany,” said a jubilant Villas-Boas.
Blessed with a wand of a left foot, the young midfielder instantly made a positive impression in training.
“As soon as he trained with us his technique and determination were obvious. He’s a very good reinforcement,” the former Tottenham Hotspur manager added.
Since Cuisance’s departure from Munich, Bayern have added Marc Roca and Tiago Dantas to an already stacked midfield. Breaking into Flick’s first team might still be difficult for him, when he rejoins Die Roten next season.
On the other hand, he has felt the trust of Les Olympiens brass, with the midfielder going as far to say that he would like to stay beyond the season.
“I don’t think about what’s written on my contract, I’ll give everything for OM, it’s a great club and if they decide to buy me at the end of my loan, I’ll be very happy,” Cuisance said in the interview.