Matteo Guendouzi and Williams Saliba might be having a grand time at Marseille but the same cannot be said for Sead Kolasinac who has played just 78 minutes amid claims he is struggling to adapt to Marseille’s style of play.

Marseille's Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac (R) fights for the ball with Clermont's French forward Lucas Da Cunha during the French L1 football match between Olympique Marseille (OM) and Clermont Foot 63 at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, southern France on February 20, 2022. (Photo by Christophe SIMON / AFP)
Marseille’s Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac (R) fights for the ball with Clermont’s French forward Lucas Da Cunha during the French L1 football match between Olympique Marseille (OM) and Clermont Foot 63 at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, southern France on February 20, 2022. (Photo by Christophe SIMON / AFP)

Back in January, Arsenal cancelled Sead Kolasinac’s contract which allowed him to move to Marseille for free where he signed an 18-month deal.

While Saliba and Guendouzi, both on loan, have been lauded this season for their performances in France, Kolasinac continues to struggle.

Speaking to the media, Marseille manager, Jorge Sampaoli, said, “He’s at a new club with a new system.

“It’s different for [fellow new signing, Cedric] Bakambu, he knows the language and he interprets the ideas better.

“We play with different systems as well.

Sead Kolasinac back in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Sead Kolasinac back in training with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

“The easiest way would be to put Kolašinac in as a starter, but it’s a risk. He doesn’t know our game yet, but he’s very interested in everything we want to do and he wants to play, he will likely play more soon with the busy schedule.

“But, for me, at the moment, there’s no point in having a player who isn’t at 100%.”

Before leaving Arsenal, Kolasinac had been given just 90 minutes of league action, although he also played another 180 in the League Cup.

In total, during his time at Arsenal, Kolasinac played 118 times, scoring five and assisting 15. It was a slightly better return than he managed at Schalke in 141 appearances where he also scored five but assisted 14.

Kolasinac has one assist at Marseille in his 78 minutes, which were spread over two games against Angers and FC Metz.

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