Le50 2016: Tiemoué Bakayoko – AS Monaco


For Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, much of 2015 was a slog. The previous year had been hugely successful for him, as he progressed impressively with Rennes before initially making a positive impression at the Stade Louis II, only to fall away alarmingly midway through his first season on the Mediterranean. “I struggled, you have to work in silence and listen to […]

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Le50 2016: Jean-Kevin Augustin – Paris Saint-Germain


Jean-Kevin Augustin is the next up and coming player at Paris Saint-Germain, and he is reaping the rewards of a new shift by the management to augment a multi-million pound playing squad with the best that the academy has to offer. In other words, to avoid another Kingsley Coman scenario. And unlike another young player in his position at PSG […]

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Le50 2016: Enzo Crivelli – Girondins de Bordeaux


In a world of polyvalence, wingers who can play either side, false nines, and all that other flummery, a single-position centre-forward who is built like a brick might seem a blast from the past. Enzo Crivelli is concentrating on blasting into the future. After coming through the AS Cannes youth system, Crivelli joined Bordeaux in 2012, and his first season […]

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Le50 2016: Valentin Rongier – FC Nantes


When the ball fell to Valentin Rongier around 25 yards out during Nantes’ 3-0 win over Troyes in mid-October, what proceeded had the air of something special. As the ball rolled towards him Rongier didn’t think – he didn’t even take a touch. He hit the ball first time and could have hardly hit it more sweetly. It rocketed into […]

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Le50 2016: Marquinhos – Paris Saint-Germain


He may not yet be considered a first choice for Paris Saint-Germain, but that should not take away from the fact that Marquinhos is widely regarded as one of the world’s next great centre-backs. In an era that favours the physical over the cerebral, the 21-year-old Brazilian has shown an ability to marry both attributes convincingly, and even when he […]

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Le50 2016: Jordan Siebatcheu – Stade de Reims


It wasn’t quite Jordan Siebatcheu’s Ligue 1 debut, but it was on the opening day of the new season that the teenager, named after basketball’s greatest ever player, announced his arrival in French football. Stade de Reims found themselves 1-0 down to Bordeaux at the new Matmut Atlantique stadium. Olivier Guégan made his move, bringing on youngsters Grejohn Kyei and […]

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Le50 2016: Corentin Jean – ES Troyes AC


As Monaco shifted policy from buying the biggest and best players in the world to the most talented youngsters around, one could imagine those in charge at Troyes nervously unplugging their telephones. They had just earned promotion to Ligue 1 and the player at the heart of their success was Corentin Jean. It was impressive that Troyes had managed to […]

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