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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Le50 2017 – Youssef Aït Bennasser

Ait Benasser ASNL

As ways to announce yourself to the wider French footballing public go, Youssef Aït-Bennasser’s choice was quite spectacular. With promotion-chasing Nancy 2-1 up in the 94th minute against Le Havre, Youssouf Hadji unleashed a thunderbolt from 20 yards. The ball hit the top of the crossbar and ricocheted directly upwards. Aït-Bennasser – already named man of the match – was […]

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Le50 2017 – Gabriel Boschilia

Boschilia ASM

Monaco’s recent policy of investing in youth has paid clear dividends, particularly last season after keeping hold of their best players over the summer of 2016, rather than cashing in as in previous years. This summer is inevitably seeing slightly more turnover, with some of the 2016/17 champions sold on. This could allow one of last season’s bit-part players to […]

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Le50 2017 – Ferland Mendy

Mendy HAC

Paul Pogba. Riyad Mahrez. Steve Mandanda. Vikash Dhorasoo. Lassana Diarra. Gueida Fofana. Benjamin Mendy. The list of talented players who have come through the ranks at Le Havre goes on. So much so that it seems the club is now running out of original names and positions. And so the latest player who promises to follow left back Benjamin Mendy […]

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Le50 2017 – Jean-Kévin Augustin

Augustin PSG

Jean-Kevin Augustin is a versatile and powerful attacking forward who can also be utilised out wide. What is also apparent fairly quickly is the slight edge to his game – that combination of confidence and swagger with almost a nastiness that all successful strikers need. Just ask Under-20s Italian goalkeeper Andrea Zaccagno, whom Augustin stared down (it has to be […]

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Le50 2017 – Malcom

Malcom GDB

It’s been a while since Bordeaux have had much to shout about, but they now boast a highly talented crop of young players, led by Malcom, who has enjoyed a productive season at the Matmut Atlantique. Having joined last winter from Corinthians, the young Brazilian winger has developed into an interesting player with great qualities. Malcom has developed as a […]

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Le50 2017 – Vincent Koziello

Koziello OGCN

The baby-faced Nice midfielder enjoyed a stellar 2015/16 campaign at the heart of a Nice side which earned a Europa League spot. While Nice went one step better this year, the same can’t be said for Vincent Koziello’s own progression. Despite being held in high esteem by Nice, and Lucien Favre who counted on the performances of the 22-year-old during […]

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