tuesday talent spotter: Allan Saint-Maximin

Allan Saint-Maximin

Saint-Etienne youngster Allan Saint-Maximin is one of the brightest talents in France at the moment.

The speedy 17-year-old beats defenders with ease and expect his reputation to grow rapidly this season after he recently excelled on his league debut against Bordeaux.

Saint-Maximin, from Chatenay-Malabry, a place well known amongst French football fans as the place where Hatem Ben Arfa grew up and played on the streets of the Parisian suburb.

But now Saint-Maximin has already made his debut in the Europa League too, and even if he doesn’t become a star this season, at just 17, he has plenty of time to blossom in a country that has become established in producing quality youngsters, particularly from the famous Clairefontaine academy.

If you stumble upon a Saint-Etienne Europa League game this season, or even manage to watch a few Ligue 1 games, you won’t have to look too hard for the youngster, his funky hairstyle, exciting play, quick feet and exuberance should make him fairly noticeable to say the least.

He can play on either wing, but mostly on the right as well as up top, he is predominantly right-footed but has shown signs he can use both. He loves to keep the ball at his feet and will look to provide the magic himself more often than finding a team mate, but it’s that selfishness that all great players need, and with the confidence he has now, he could be a star of French football.

Also, following GAFF TV’s exclusive interview with Miles Jacobsen, there’s a real Football Manager feel around the place, and for the FM fans out there, you can certainly expect to see Saint-Maximin grow considerably in the game since impressing on his respective Ligue 1 and Europa League debuts.