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Behind the leader and captain Wissam Ben Yedder, a Monegasque youth has imposed themselves with authority in the eleven of Niko Kovac. Four players especially.
According to a recent study by the Football Observatory (CIES), the staff of theAS Monaco lines up, this season, the second youngest team of the five big European Championships behind AC Milan. A real novelty on the side of the Rock. “There is a lot of talent among young people in France, there is a big potential, a big breeding ground, explained Monegasque coach Niko Kovac at a press conference. There are really a lot of qualities in young people here, and especially at ASM.» Youssouf Fofana and Aurélien Tchouaméni, regularly aligned in the midfield, in particular. “Youssouf and Aurélien want to learn every day, Kovac explained. They don’t close their eyes when you show them things. If they stay sane, they will have a great career. ” The first releases confirm the trend. “I’m not afraid to throw them, continued Kovac. They can make mistakes, you have to know how to give them a chance so that they can progress.» Axel Disasi knew how to seize his own. At the beginning of November, the Croatian coach even entrusted the role of vice-captain to the central defender, behind Wissam Ben Yedder. Everything but a coincidence.
The nice surprise Sofiane Diop
«He’s someone who works hard, who does a really good job, and he’s a good person with a lot of character. He wants to continue to progress, he has goals and real leadership qualities. I told him he represented the future of AS Monaco. He is a great professional who works hard every day. This temperament made me choose it. ” The last revelation is called Sofiane Diop. Installed in the reserve team at the start of the season, the boy was able to turn the mind of his coach from the first sessions. As comfortable on one side as on the axis, the midfielder impresses with his technique and his vision of the game. “He has everything to make a great career, recently explained Omar Daf, his former coach in Sochaux, on the France Football website. Today, it’s complicated to set limits. He has such a margin of progress. When we see his physical capacities, his percussion, this ability to eliminate in small spaces, we say to ourselves that he will still continue to progress and cross the thresholds. ” For him as for his three companions, the story has only just begun.
Find all of our dossier “The new princes of Monaco” in the new issue of France Football, available on newsstands Tuesday or here in digital version.