The new season is up and running in all the European Leagues and France’s young team recent winner of the World Cup, could be joined by some other youngsters, another future golden generation or not…Here’s some of them:
Houssem AOUAR : 30/06/1998 (Olympique Lyonnais, midfielder) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC0djAJigCk
A 100% “Gone” he joined the Olympique Lyonnais Reserves and Academy in 2009, aged 11; in 2014 aged sixteen, he won the French U17 Championship and was called to the French U17 team. The youngster made his first team début in the 1-4 away win against AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA League and scored his first professional goal a week later in the return leg in a 7-1 victory. His technique and game vision enchanted Lyon’s faithful especially the decisive brace vs Amiens, which gave an important three points to the “Gones”
Martin TERRIER : 4/03/1997 ( Olympique Lyonnais, second striker) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqP0mBkeKi0
The Armentiéres born, started his football days with SC Bailleul youth team, then he moved to Lille’s LOSC in 2004 and scored his first league goal against Montpellier, as a substitute. On August 2017, Terrier was loaned to Strasbourg and scored his first goal in the away draw against Dijon. Bought by Lyon(11M euros) in the 2018 Winter Window he was loaned back to Strasbourg to finish the season. Scored three + two assists and was frequently essential for the Strasbourgeois. Even better with France’s U-21: seven appearances + an exceptional one against Kazakhstan: France were losing 1-0 after 60 minutes, when Terrier came as a substitute; he scored a hat-trick and gave France a unexpected victory.
Lucas TOUSART: 29/04/1997 (Olympique Lyonnais, defending midfielder) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAGHticBzLA
The Arras born started his young career by playing for JS du Pays Rignacois, Rodez AF before signing to Valenciennes and then to Lyon. The midfielder made his debut in a Ligue 1 game vs Angers and scored his first goal on 16/02/2017 in a UEFA game against AZ Alkmaar (4-1 Lyon). After the departure of Maxime Gonalons, Lyon’s manager Bruno Genesio didn’t hesitate to give him a first team opportunity, but “les Gones” verdict is still pending…a good second season could help the youngster’s ambition. Juventus’ and Barcelona’s scouts are monitoring him regularly. Nevertheless, he’s so humble and that could cost him: “Football is a collective sport” he said ” Lyon has a good defensive base with several good players able to shine…I play in front of the defense and my role is not to show-off with nutmegs and other funny staff. I’m the go between from the back to the middle and only connoisseurs can appreciate my game. As a number 6 in front of the defense I do not score nor offer assists; I’ m quite the invisible man, really! It’s complicated but I always worked hard, for in football, 10% is talent and 90% hard work. Players better than me, went back home, because they weren’t working as hard as they should. “
Allan Saint Maximin : 12/03/1997 ( OGC Nice, winger) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrsIwdRIgE4
Born in the southwestern suburbs (Chatenay-Malabry)of Paris, he started playing for US Ris-Orangis and AC Boulogne-Billancourt, before making his Ligue 1 début for Saint Etienne on 1/09/2013, replacing Romain Hamouma (69th) in a 2-1 home win against Bordeaux. Signed to AS Monaco(2015) and was loaned to Bundesliga’s Hanover, where he played 16 games, scoring once. His second loan was to SC Bastia, in Corsica. He played 33 games, scoring three times. At Nice he showed shades of brilliance but he must be more regular and decisive in his game.
Christopher Alan NKUNKU: 14/11/1997 (Paris Sant Germain, midfielder) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-6m9FsDxpU
Born in Lagny-sur-Marne, he played for AS Marolles and RCP Fontainebleau before joining his dream club PSG in 2010. Nkunku made his professional début December 2015 in the UEFA Champions League vs Shakhtar Donesk replacing Lucas Moura after 87 minutes in a 2-0 home win and scored his first professional goal in the 7-0 win against Bastia in the Coupe de France(January 2017). Neymar’s injury gave him the opportunity of more minutes playing time and the Parisian took his chance with both hands….feet. He’s comfortable in possession and has the ability to play in several different roles; with a low center of gravity, he’s comfortable in possession and can defend despite his preference to play as a central midfielder.Nevertheless, the youngster will need more playing time if he wants to progress, a loan could be a good solution.
Yasine ADLI : 29/07/2000( Paris Sant Germain, midfielder) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx1YG781C9c&t=12s
Adli is the youngest of this bunch, but he is …oh so good, that age is not important, just like another of his teamates…Kylian Mbappé ! Born in the Parisian suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine, he touched his first balls at US Villejuif (2006-2013) and then joined PSG (2013). He made his professional début on 19 May 2018 in the final Ligue 1 game of the season against Caen, replacing Nkunku after 83 minutes 0-0 draw, away. He also represented France at the 2017 UEFA EUROPEAN U-17 and FIFA U-17 World Cup. His talent brought suitors galore in the french capital. Barcelona were the first but Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester City and Bayern Munchen, were close by.
This youngster is a pure product of french football’s quality…the game vision, the passing ability and game creation, he’s got everything! He has regularly been called up to the first team squad for training sessions, thus practicing his art with some of the best world-class players! Right footed the teenager shows extraordinary skills, like deft touches and silky dribbling.
His national team manager Lionel Rouxel, rates him highly:” He has the talent to go all the way, he said. He can do what many others, can’t.”