It’s not too far to suggest that he’s been one of the division’s best players this term, with his rampaging runs down the right side—either from full-back or a more advanced role—proving to be a nightmare for defenders in the French top flight.
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He’s already won the Dutch Cup, could yet clinch the Eredivisie, and has demonstrated his aptitude for the big games during the Amsterdam giants’ Champions League run.
It’s been a tricky year for Villarreal, who have been battling relegation for much of the campaign.
However, the emergence of Chukwueze has been one bright light.
He arrived from Diamond Football Academy in his homeland in 2017, and was promptly promoted to the Yellow Submarine’s senior side after impressing with their reserve team.
Chukwueze has a decision to make this summer, where he’ll be in demand by both Nigeria’s senior side and their U-20 team.
Six months later, he became the first ever Leganes player to score a first-half hat-trick, and also netted a double for Morocco as they dispatched Malawi 3-0 in September’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
To date, he’s scored nine in the top flight this term—a notable improvement on the four he managed for Malaga last season—and at 21, has an exciting few years of further development ahead of him.
We’d already seen glimpses of Sangare’s talent over the last two seasons with Toulouse, but this year he’s become a figure around whom the team has been built, and has taken his game to a new level.
The Ivorian is a dominant presence in the heart of the park, protecting Le TFC’s backline and amassing an eye-catching number of ball retrievals.
For context, only Bordeaux’s Otavio has averaged more than Sangare’s 3.7 tackles per match in Ligue 1, although the youngster is a classy operator with the ball at his feet, and must not be categorised as a pure destroyer.
The midfielder has signed with Toulouse until 2022, but expect one or two European giants to be monitoring his progress.