In the last decade according to football statistics France remain one of Europe’s best producers of footballing youngsters who later move to bigger leagues in Europe.
Football academy has over the year been the gateway to high level football in helping passionate youngsters realizes their dream in becoming professional.With the avalanche of young players France currently posseses there’s no doubt the future of Les Bleus looks good sporting wise. As such who’re the most exciting up and coming French youngsters right now?
France Most Exciting Youngsters In 2021
Rayan Cherki – (Olympique Lyon, 18)
Olympique Lyon has over the years been Ligue 1 home of brilliant talents who dazzle the league with their wizardry before moving elsewhere and amongst them his current Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema who also had a fare share of his time in Ligue 1 and a host of other players before moving to other league.
With the current youngsters doing impressively well in Ligue 1 18 year old Rayan Cherki stands out amongst them with his mind-blowing skill, no wonder his name has been on everyone’s lips in France as one player that would go on to light up the league and national team. Even before making his debut for Lyon at 16 and 23 days he’s been making waves in the teams academy and should the youngster continue developing his game no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him whether in Ligue 1 or elsewhere in Europe’s top-flight.
Eduardo Camavinga – (Rennes, 18)
Camavinga has since been grabbing a lot of attention with his impressive performances for Rennes since he made his debut which cumulated into him been link with prestigious clubs in Europe.The defensive midfielder his so good with protecting the back four with his defensive brilliance and breaking play when his team is in transition which has made lot of fans likened him to legendary France midfielder Makalele who achieved success with every team he turned out for. The 18 year old became the youngest player to donned the shirt of Les Rouge et Noir when he made his professional debut for the French side against Angers, and with age still on his side is just a matter of time before he secure a move to top sides in Europe.
Boubacar Kamara – (Olympique Marseille, 21)
21-year old defender Kamara has mature into an highly rated talent making name for himself in Ligue 1 with Marseille having prove his one of the youngster the side from the Stade Velodrome could trust without fair of running into the transfer market to get top defender.
Kamara’s 2141 minutes tally in time past for Les Phoceens give credence to how important he’s been for Sampaoli side and how fast his growing as a player no wonder he’s been likened to brilliant defenders like Marquinhos and his compatriot Varane.
Been young and making errors shouldn’t be a big deal but he’s shown over time that he’s develop into one of the most coveted centre back in Europe. If you’ve not seen him in action be on the lookout for in the French league after the international break.
William Saliba – (Olympique Marseille, 20)
Like Kamara, Saliba is also one of the most promising youngster in Ligue 1. Following his move to Arsenal the 20 year old couldn’t lay claim to the starting eleven which promoted his loan move to the Velodrome.
Saliba is obviously the kind of centre back you would like to have in your team as a manager due to his tall physique and quickness on the ball. No wonder he’s often shown his a top class prospect ready to step up into a world class player.
He’s also a player open to errors but recently he’s improve pretty well with his game in the air, transition from the back to the front and with his passes. Hopefully one day he would feature for the Gunners and go on to be one of their defensive bedrock.
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Amine Gouiri – (OGC Nice, 21)
21 year old Gouiri has been a goalscoring machine for Les Bleus youth team since he’s been playing for Lyon netting 36 goals in 38 games. Right now the youngster now ply his trade at OGC Nice one of Ligue 1 decent side who gives opportunity to young players.
Gouiri is a natural finisher who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of his compatriots who are doing well for top side in Europe case in point Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema. He may not be up there yet in terms of his popularity but is just a matter of time before he would mature into that stature having shown what he’s capable of with Nice.
With age still on his side then without mincing word France has nothing to fair should the likes of Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema, and other Les Bleus forward retires.
Aurelien Tchouameni – (Monaco, 21)
Tchouameni is genuinely an homegrown youngster from Girondins Bordeaux academy who now pitch his tenant with AS Monaco and he has since grown into one of their important player in the team under the tutelage of Niko Kovac.
The U21 France international would hope to move elsewhere in the future with hope to win the UEFA Champions League with a big side, but as it stands churning out consistent display and developing his game is very key which would trigger a prospective move to other league one day.
The midfielder his worth €30m in the transfer market and should any team convince Monaco enough to get his services they’re getting themselves a fantastic midfielder.
Benoit Badiashile – (Monaco, 20)
Like Tchouameni, Badiashile is another exciting France youngster on the lips of football enthusiast in Ligue 1 having consistently shone out commendable performances for the Monegasques.
The left footed centre back stands tall at an intimidating 6ft with a strong physique which pitch him toe-to-toe with other defender in the same age rank with him in terms of their aerial duel prowess which is no doubt the hallmark of a top centre back.
Should Badiashile grow into a strong, quick, and a great defender moving to a bigger club shouldn’t be a problem for the youngster.
Wesley Fofana – (Leicester City, 20)
Following the departure of Harry Maguire to Manchester United the Foxes brought in the 20 year old from Saint Etienne having tried to sign quite a number of centre back which didn’t come to fruition but they finally got their man in Fofana.
Amongst Europe’s top 10 young centre back under 24 years of age Fofana is arguably one of best in that circle standing with an intimidating 6’3ft, quick on the ball and very strong when it comes to his defensive work.
He ought to be playing for the Foxes this season but unfortunately the broken leg he suffered against Villarreal in a friendly means the French youngster would be out for a long time before he would be able to play football again,
Illan Meslier – (Leeds United, 21)
Leeds United goalie Meslier is one of the most exciting young French talent to have blossomed this year in the English Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa. He’s progress so far has shown his that kind of goalkeeper that would go on to achieve success with Les Bleus in future.
Looking closely at his brilliant form last campaign for the side from Elland Road having joined on a permanent basis for £5m in July 2020, you could boldly say signing him permanently was a brilliant decision made by the team hierarchy.
Albeit Leeds United hasn’t hit the ground running in the Premier League, however, trust them to turn the table around after the international break and having a brilliant goalie in post like Meslier is a big opportunity for them.
Maxence Lacroix – (Wolfsburg, 21)
VFL Wolfsburg are one of Europe’s most inform team right now with 21 year old Frenchman Lacroix one of their important player in the Bundesliga this season. Since joining from Sochaux for £4.5m he has form a brilliant partnership with the experienced John Brooks.
Lacroix is so good defensively and aerially that his team even depend on him in tracking down opponent when they catch them on the break and as a matter of fact his 2.49 blocks per 90 minutes gives credence to that fact. He posseses a good eye for passes in and around his box which makes him very comfortable when his team is in transition.
If he continues with his upward trajectory is just a matter of time before a team like Bayern Munich come knocking on the door of Wolfsburg for his services.