France Most Exciting Youngsters In 2021

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In the last decade according to football statistics France remain one of Europe’s best producers of footballing youngsters who later move to bigger leagues in Europe.

Football academy has over the year been the gateway to high level football in helping passionate youngsters realizes their dream in becoming professional. Therefore, who are the most exciting up and coming French youngsters right now?

Rayan Cherki – (Olympique Lyon, 18)

Olympique Lyon has over the years been Ligue 1 home of brilliant talents who dazzle the league with their wizardry before moving else where and amongst them his current Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema who also had a fare share of his time in Ligue 1 and a host of other players before moving to other league.

With the current youngsters doing impressively well in Ligue 1, 18 year old Rayan Cherki stands out amongst them with his mind blowing skill, no wonder his name has been on everyone’s lips in France as one player that would go on to light up the league and national team. Even before making his debut for Lyon at 16 and 23 days, he is been making waves in the teams academy and should the youngster continue developing his game no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him whether in Ligue 1 or else where in Europe’s top-flight.

Eduardo Camavinga – (Real Madrid, 18)

Camavinga has since been grabbing a lot of attention with his impressive performances for Rennes since he made his debut which cumulated into him been link with prestigious clubs in Europe.The defensive midfielder is so good with protecting the back four with his defensive brilliance and breaking play when his team is in transition which has made lot of fans likened him to legendary France midfielder Makalele who achieved success with every team he turned out for. The 18 year old became the youngest player to donned the shirt of Les Rouge et Noir when he made his professional debut for the French side against Angers. The France international was sign by Real Madrid this summer.

Boubacar Kamara – (Olympique Marseille, 21)

21-year old defender Kamara has mature into an highly rated talent making name for himself in Ligue 1 with Marseille having prove his one of the youngster player the Stade Velodrome could trust without fair of running into the transfer market to get top defender.

Kamara’s 2141 minutes tally in time past for Les Phoceens give credence to how important he has been for Sampaoli side and how fast his growing as a player no wonder he is been likened to brilliant defenders like Marquinhos and his compatriot Varane.

Been young and making errors shouldn’t be a big deal but he has shown over time that he is developing into one of the most coveted centre back in Europe.

William Saliba – (Olympique Marseille, 20)

Like Kamara, Saliba is also one of the most promising youngster in Ligue 1. Following his move to Arsenal the 20 year old couldn’t lay claim to the starting eleven which promoted his loan move to the Velodrome.

Saliba is obviously the kind of centre back you would like to have in your team as a manager due to his tall physique and quickness on the ball. No wonder he has often shown that he is a top class prospect ready to step up into a world class player.

Saliba also a player open to errors but recently he has improve pretty well with his game in the air, transition from the back to the front and with his passes. Hopefully one day he would feature for the Gunners and go on to be one of their defensive bedrock.

Amine Gouiri – (OGC Nice, 21)

21 year old Gouiri has been a goalscoring machine for Les Bleus youth team since he have been playing for Lyon, netting 36 goals in 38 games. Right now the youngster now ply his trade at OGC Nice one of Ligue 1 decent side who gives opportunity to young players.

Gouiri is a natural finisher who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of his compatriots who are doing well for top side in Europe case in the like of Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema. He may not be up there yet in terms of his popularity but it is just a matter of time before he would mature into that stature having shown what he is capable of with Nice.

With age still on his side, France has nothing to fear should the likes of Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema, and other Les Bleus forward retires.

Aurelien Tchouameni – (Monaco, 21)

Tchouameni is genuinely an home grown youngster from Girondins Bordeaux academy who now pitch his tenant with AS Monaco and he has since grown into one of their important player in the team under the tutelage of Niko Kovac.

The U21 France international would hope to move elsewhere in the future with hope to win the UEFA Champions League with a big side, but as it stands churning out consistent display and developing his game is very key which would trigger a prospective move to other league one day.

Benoit Badiashile – (Monaco, 20)

Like Tchouameni, Badiashile is another exciting France youngster on the lips of football enthusiast in Ligue 1 having consistently shone out commendable performances for the Monegasques.

The left footed centre back stands tall at an intimidating 6ft with a strong physique which pitch him toe-to-toe with other defender in the same age rank with him in terms of their aerial duel prowess which is no doubt the hallmark of a top centre back.

Should Badiashile grow into a strong, quick, and a great defender moving to a bigger club, that should not be a problem for the youngster.

Wesley Fofana – (Leicester City, 20)

Following the departure of Harry Maguire to Manchester United the Foxes brought in the 20 year old from Saint Etienne having tried to sign quite a number of centre back which did not come to fruition but they finally got their man in Fofana.

Amongst Europe’s top 10 young centre back, 24 years of age Fofana is arguably one of best in that circle standing with an intimidating 6’3ft, quick on the ball and very strong when it comes to his defensive work.

He ought to be playing for the Foxes this season but unfortunately the broken leg he suffered against Villarreal in a friendly means the French youngster would be out for a long time before he would be able to play football again.

Illan Meslier – (Leeds United, 21)

Leeds United goalie Meslier is one of the most exciting young French talent to have blossomed this year in the English Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa. His progress so far has shown that kind of goalkeeper that would go on to achieve success with Les Bleus in future.

Looking closely at his brilliant form last campaign for the side from Elland Road having joined on a permanent basis for £5m in July 2020, you could boldly say signing him permanently was a brilliant decision made by the team hierarchy.

Albeit Leeds United has not hit the ground running in the Premier League this season, however, trust them to turn the table around after the international break and having a brilliant goalie in post like Meslier is a big opportunity for them.

Maxence Lacroix – (Wolfsburg, 21)

VFL Wolfsburg are one of Europe’s most inform team right now with 21 year old French man Lacroix one of their important player in the Bundesliga this season. Since joining from Sochaux for £4.5m, he has form a brilliant partnership with the experienced John Brooks.

Lacroix is so good defensively and aerially that his team even depend on him in tracking down opponent when they catch them on the break and as a matter of fact his 2.49 blocks per 90 minutes gives credence to that fact. He posseses a good eye for passes in and around his box which makes him very comfortable when his team is in transition.

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