Le SCO is a regular bottom half-of-the-table finisher and is yet to have its first season with a positive goal difference in 40 years. Angers SCO participates mainly in the Ligue 2, but they joined the top flight in 2015 and have been a part of it ever since. This is one of the smaller Ligue 1 sides, but they remain a regular supplier of talent for clubs all over Europe. Such is the case with Rayan Aït Nouri, who was loaned to Wolverhampton and is rumored to become one of the world's best players in the recent future. Alongside Aït Nouri, there are several other footballers playing for major teams who have been a part of Angers not so long ago.
Angers SCO Transfers
Nicolas Pépé from Stade Poitevin on a free transfer in 2013 – The striker began his career playing for Stade Poitevin, also known as Poitiers in Championnat de France Amateur 2 – the fifth tier of French football. Upon signing with Angers, Pépé spent two years with their B team before being experienced enough to feature in a senior squad match. Despite scoring only 11 goals in his first three seasons, LOSC Lille saw the potential in the forward and hurried to buy him for £10 Million in 2017. Two years later, in 2019, Pépé’s value had skyrocketed, and he was sold to Arsenal for £80 Million.
Romain Saïss from Le Havre on a free transfer in 2015 – Similarly to Pépé, Saïss’ journey started out in the fifth football tier in France. He spent a single season with Valence and was picked up by Ligue 2 side Clermont and later Le Havre. The first major league he played in was the Ligue 1 when he joined Angers. However, he lasted only a single campaign before being bought by then Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Saïss helped in earning PL promotion for the Wolves and is now a regular starter with them.
Karl Toko Ekambi from FC Sochaux for £1 Million in 2016 – Before joining Angers, Toko Ekambi was part of Prais FC and Sochaux. With Le SCO, he quickly rose to prominence through his regular scoring. In the summer of 2017, the rumor had it that newly promoted to the PL Brighton were extremely eager to sign the striker, but their efforts were to no success. Later they reignited the negotiations, but it was Villareal that Toko Ekambi chose to join. The La Liga side paid £18 Million to buy the forward from Angers.
Jeff Reine-Adélaïde from Arsenal U23 for £1.6 Million in 2018 – Another Arsenal man featured in our list, but this time the tables have turned. Angers are the ones who acquired Arsenal's talent when the Gunnars didn't believe in the success of Reine-Adélaïde. The 20-year-old at the time of the transfer midfielder is considered a promising prospect, and that is evident from the single-season he spent with Angers. It wasn't long before a big team like Olympique Lyon would knock on the door. In 2019 Lyon parted ways with over £27 Million to get a hold of the youngster.