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 – Maxwel Cornet

Cornet OL

Year in and year out, French football sees the rise of a bevy of talented young attackers, but such was the remarkable ascent of Ousmane Dembélé two seasons ago that the success of others went, at that time, somewhat unnoticed. Monaco’s trio of Kylian Mbappé, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva have emerged from the shadows to a greater degree in […]

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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 – 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 – 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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