Le50 2017 – Maxime López

Lopez OM

No-one really expected a young homegrown player to flourish at Marseille this season. Not least Maxime Lopez, the creative 19-year-old midfielder. At the start of 2016/17, OM were on their knees, without financial support or direction, and had seen another young hope, Bilal Boutobba, decide to jump ship for Sevilla. Then, when the saving grace arrived in the form of […]

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Le50 2017 – Wylan Cyprien

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Wylan Cyprien is a name that is gaining some serious traction across France. The 22-year-old midfielder gained rave reviews as unfancied Nice upset the pundits’ predictions with an unlikely title push, before finishing in a highly respectable third place and with it a potentially lucrative place in the UEFA Champions League. In 2016, Cyprien had enjoyed a sterling season with […]

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Le50 2017 – Enzo Crivelli

Crivelli SCB

Bastia finished the season bottom of the league, and joint-lowest scorers with only 29 goals – but they had on-loan striker Enzo Crivelli to thank for ten of them. Having scored six in his first full season for Bordeaux, this was a significant improvement in rather difficult circumstances. Nobody else on the Bastia roster came close – Gael Danic was […]

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Le50 2017 – Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel

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It’s fair to say that Saint-Etienne’s last home game of the season could have gone rather better as a send-off to Christophe Galtier after eight years at the helm, as they conceded five to an on-fire PSG. Galtier’s last roll of the dice, 4-0 down after 80 minutes, was a characteristic like-for-like change of his right-back, removing the frazzled Kevin […]

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Le50 2017 – Jonathan Ikoné

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For a club where great things are expected, there are a lot of headaches. One of them is how to balance bringing younger players into the squad with the need to play the strongest possible team to keep both fans and players happy. While waltzing to last season’s title, there was the chance for PSG to offer playing time to […]

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Le50 2017 – Marcus Coco

Coco EAG

In his second senior season, Marcus Coco has demonstrated a progression, flexibility and creativity that has been wonderful to watch – but with the equally intriguing fact that he clearly has more to give in the future. A tenth-place league finish and going deep in both domestic cups is a good record for Guingamp, but they will hope for better […]

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Le50 2017 – Ellyes Skhiri

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It was another inconsistent and frustrating season for Montpellier, who finished in fifteenth, only reaching safety on the penultimate day. There were unexpected big home wins (Marseille, PSG, Bordeaux) – and some rather larger defeats (Lyon – twice, Monaco, Marseille, Bordeaux). They lost both manager and key playmaker in January, faffed around formationally, and lost their last five matches. It […]

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