PLAYERS TO WATCH
The previously mentioned Diouf will be one to watch, the young Frenchman was named the UEFA Conference League’s best young player for last season, after playing a key role in helping his former side Basel reach the semi-finals.
One of the biggest threats to United’s backline is likely to be Belgium striker Lois Openda, who scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 in 2022/23.
In defence, Facundo Medina – a team-mate of Martinez and Alejandro Garnacho for Argentina – was one of the driving forces in the club achieving a second-placed finish in the French top flight last season, with his composure on the ball and range of passing.
Lens’ squad features a couple of players familiar to UK fans in goalkeeper Brice Samba and centre-back Kevin Danso, who previously represented Nottingham Forest and Southampton respectively.
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