From June 18 to July 1, the France U19 team intends to draw inspiration from its elders, who have just won the Maurice-Revello Tournament. Landry Chauvin’s players have an appointment in Slovakia to play the final phase of the Euro: on the program, meetings against the Slovak host, Romania and Italy … to start. As the competition kicks off, focus on five Blueberries destined for a bright future.
Author of a season of very high quality, with 17 Ligue 2 games including eight as a starter, the slender (2.04m) and versatile defender of HAC demonstrated his solidity in the center of defense and knew how to assert its leadership character. Constantly progressing, Touré is one of those young players that Paul Le Guen has hatched in recent seasons (with Amir Richardson, Yahia Fofana, Matthis Abline, Saël Kumbedi, etc.). Very courted already last winter, the young tricolor did not go unnoticed, to the point of interest several major European clubs such as Newcastle, Eintracht Frankfurt, Marseille and Manchester City. His good performances opened the doors to the France U19 team in September 2021, and he has since had seven selections and two goals with the Bleuets. However, he still has some proof to do, so the Euro will be a real challenge for Isaak Touré to confirm the expectations placed on him.
A defector from Valenciennes (where he signed his first professional contract at sixteen) in Strasbourg in the middle of winter, Ismaël Doukouré missed his second half of the season. The fault, first, to a problem with the patellar tendon which takes him away from the grass, then to an Alsatian team which works wonderfully and quality competition. His 18 years and his meter 83, which had impressed in the northern central defense in Ligue 2, only take part in a quarter of an hour of Ligue 1; enough all the same to convince Landry Chauvin to include him in his list for the Euro. Not his first international exhibition, however: Doukouré had been taken to Japan by Sylvain Ripoll last summer, to compete in the Tokyo Olympics with the blue delegation; a huge sporting fiasco in which he will however not take part. And then, proof that the kid has his head firmly on his shoulders: he confided to World Eleven the importance of his STMG baccalaureate, which he managed to obtain last year. “It is very important for me to pass this diploma. It’s the end of a cycle, even if I can continue my studies afterwards” he confessed.
“I don’t come here for nothing, I have to bring something home. » This sentence perfectly reflects the mentality of the young nugget of AS Nancy Lorraine, the eldest of the four children of a warehouseman father and a mother who bathes in the hospital environment. Author of a fairly convincing season, with 21 matches in Ligue 2 including eight starts, one goal and one assist, the young midfielder unfortunately sees his future ex-club go down to National, since Bondo has decided not to return. The 18-year-old Bleuet, already well established in the system of Landry Chauvin’s team – as illustrated by his twelve games played with the U19 category this season – would even be targeted by Ligue 1 and Bundesliga clubs.
Florent Da Silva
Praised by his coaches at Olympique Lyonnais who promise him a bright future, Florent Da Silva has asserted himself a little more this season. The 18-year-old midfielder, launched as a pro by Rudi Garcia, shines first with the OL reserve in National 2 – his two goals and four caviars in the first part of the season bear witness to this. Since January, FDS has been delighting Villefranche in National, and once again, its view quickly put him above the rest. His seven offerings in the second half of the season alone contribute greatly to the excellent exercise of the Caladois, once again close to moving up to Ligue 2. The question then arises of his short-term future: a new loan or a integration into the rotation of Peter Bosz?
Accustomed to the U19 selection (2 goals in 10 selections in this category), Alan Virginius is also traveling to Slovakia. Almost condemned to a role of luxury joker at Sochaux, the twirling winger knew how to use it wisely. This season, the 19-year-old striker’s five Ligue 2 goals have come as a substitute: it’s simple, no one has done better this season in the antechamber of the French top flight. He too came very close to joining at the end of the season, but the FCSM could not resist the law of the future promoted Auxerre in the play-off. Next step, if indeed his future lies in the Doubs (at the end of the contract in 2023): get rid of the competition, since Omar Daf has often preferred Maxime Do Couto, Tony Mauricio, Steve Ambri to his position. , or even a repositioning of Aldo Kalulu on a wing, when Yann Kitala was evolving in the axis.
By Clément Barbier and Matis Le Brocher