Le50 2017 – Adrien Rabiot

Rabiot PSG

Despite becoming a regular for the French national side and for Paris Saint-Germain, this season has been somewhat of a mixed bag for Adrien Rabiot. There were times earlier in the season where he looked to be the club’s best player, before a hamstring injury left him on the sidelines for an extended period. In his absence, PSG struggled, but […]

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Le50 2017 – Yves Bissouma

Bissouma LOSC

“We continue to invest in the future while not forgetting the present.” The words of Lille CEO Marc Ingla when they presented Yves Bissouma with a new contract, keeping the Malian international midfielder at the northern club until 2021. It’s a huge vote of confidence for the 20-year-old who only started five games in Ligue 1 this season; but it’s […]

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Le50 2017 – Baptiste Santamaría

Santamaria ASCO

Baptiste Santamaría’s rise has been one of the more surprising in Ligue 1 this season. Signed by Angers from Tours in the summer, he was nominally bought to replace Romain Saiss, who was sold to Wolves, at the base of midfield. While he has performed that role with aplomb, he has also shown considerable signs of being more than the […]

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Le50 2017 – Valentín Vada

Vada GDB

Bordeaux’s ambitious Proyecto Crecer, an academy system located in Argentina, has, to date, yielded little in the way of concrete results. Emiliano Sala was a product of the programme, but never made much of an impact with Bordeaux, eventually being sold to Nantes after various loan spells. The project, a joint venture between Newell’s Old Boys and the French side, […]

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Le50 2017 – Christopher Nkunku

Nkunku PSG

Much has been said about the transfer policy of Paris Saint-Germain and the way in which it has sometimes hindered the development of the team’s academy players. Those moving away have included former captain Mamadou Sakho, Kingsley Coman, and most recently Youssouf Sabaly making his move to Bordeaux permanent. Others have broken through not just to the first team but […]

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Le50 2017 – Olivier Kemen

Kemen GFCA

To say that Olivier Kemen has had a frustrating season would be an understatement. The Cameroon-born midfielder came through Metz’s academy before moving to Newcastle in 2013, where he failed to make an impact, despite making the bench for the Premier League club on a handful of occasions. Seizing on Kemen’s frustration, Lyon moved to bring him on board in […]

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Le50 2017 – Giovani Lo Celso

Lo Celso PSG

Despite retaining the Trophée des Champions, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Coupe de France (an achievement that Mourinho would no doubt call The Treble), 2016/17 was not a successful one for PSG, losing their Ligue 1 title to Monaco and grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory against Barcelona in the Champions League Round of 16, leading to […]

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Le50 2017 – Ismaïla Sarr

Sarr FCM

When Ismaila Sarr made his full international debut for Senegal against Namibia in September 2016, entering the fray late on as a substitute for Sadio Mané, the symbolism was not lost on the watching Senegal fans, as “the next Sadio Mané” replaced the current incarnation. For Metz fans, that symbolism was stronger still, both players having followed the same path […]

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