As Lens, who came ever so close to clinching promotion to Ligue 1 last season, slowly turn around their terrible start to the current campaign after losing their first seven games, a new starlet has emerged out of the darkness in the form of Jean-Ricner Bellegarde.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who only really started featuring regularly in mid-September, has impressed over the past couple of months, and has caught the eye of a couple of teams, including Wolverhampton Wanderers.
According to MadeinLens.com, the Championship leaders travelled on Sunday to watch Bellegarde during Lens’ Coupe de France fixture against Reims, which they eventually won 3-2 after extra-time.
Joined by FC Bruges, Wolves will have been impressed by the youngster, who even captained his side, but there could be a bit of a problem if Nuno Espírito Santo had plans to bring him to Molineux this January, as Lens are said to be against his exit midway through the season.
With Romain Saïss linked with a move away from Wolves recently, and Ruben Neves unlikely to stay there forever, perhaps the Portuguese manager and his scouting network are already working on a contingency plan for next season.
One we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on.