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Thuram, Aouchiche and the teenage Ligue 1 stars to watch in 2019-20

14:00 EAT 09/08/2019
Ligue 1 players to watch
From the son of legendary France defender Lilian to PSG's wonderkid, the following youngsters are hoping to make waves this season

The new Ligue 1 season is just hours away, and fans are excited to see their club's latest big-money signings in action.

Perhaps even more satisfying for a supporter, though, is seeing a young player flourish when given the opportunity on the biggest stage.

But who should you be looking out for when the teams are named on the opening weekend? Goal breaks down some of the top talents the French top flight has to offer in 2019-20...

  • Yacine Adli

    Yacine Adli | Bordeaux

    This former PSG academy star will pursue his career at Bordeaux after sealing a move away from Parc des Princes.

    Bordeaux boss Paulo Sousa sees Adli - who was previously linked with a move to Arsenal - as a big part of his plans, and at 19 he is likely to receive ample first-team action after inviting comparisons with Adrien Rabiot for his midfield displays.

  • Rayan Ait Nouri

    Rayan Ait-Nouri | Angers

    Ait-Nouri is a product of the Angers youth system, and should be ready this season to step up to the first team having featured on just a handful of occasions for the club. 

    The 18-year-old left back comes into the new campaign with a burgeoning reputation, and caught the eye of none other than Juventus thanks to his performances with the France Under-19 team.

  • Adil Aouchiche

    Adil Aouchiche | PSG

    The 17-year-old midfielder was one of the stars of this year's Under-17 Euros, scoring nine goals in five games to equal Michel Platini's Euro 1984 record. 

    Aouchiche stands out in the middle of the park but has ample talent for venturing forward. He has picked up pre-season minutes for PSG this summer and could well play a part in the Ligue 1 holder's plans for the coming season.

  • Eduardo Camavinga

    Eduardo Camavinga | Rennes

    Camavinga was included in Rennes' starting line-up for Saturday's Trophee des Champions defeat at the hands of PSG, an incredible feat for a player still three months shy of his 17th birthday. 

    A native of Angola, the teenager offers strength and dynamism in the middle of the field and looks set to feature on a regular basis for his club this season.

  • Maxence Caqueret

    Maxence Caqueret | Lyon

    Lyon's elegant young midfielder has been labelled the "future of the club" by none other than OL president Jean-Michel Aulas, enthused by his brilliant vision and passing ability.

    Having made two appearances for the first team last term, he should be far more involved in 2019-20 under the eye of club legend Juninho. 

  • Orlando Pirates striker Lyle Foster

    Lyle Foster | Monaco

    He may only be 18, but Lyle Foster is already a full international for South Africa and considered one of the top talents not just in his nation, but in the principality too.

    A strong, rapid centre-forward, Foster joined Monaco from Orlando Pirates in January and settled into life in France as a part of the club's B team. Now he will hope to make the step up to Ligue 1, a tough ask but by no means impossible even at such a young age.

  • Enzo Loiodice

    Enzo Loiodice | Dijon

    Loiodice is capable of playing in either a withdrawn or advanced role in the middle of the pitch, and at 18 already has ample experience in Ligue 1 after playing more than 10 games for Dijon in 2018-19. 

    The youngster's idol is Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta; but his mobility and attacking incursions also bring to mind new Tottenham signing Giovani Lo Celso.

  • Jonathan Panzo

    Jonathan Panzo | Monaco

    An England international at every level from Under-16 to U19, in 2018 Panzo opted to leave Chelsea after eight years in the Blues' academy ranks. 

    He landed in Monaco, where he has slowly been making a name for himself as a tough central defender. 

    "He is the player who has grown the most in pre-season," coach Leonardo Jardim recently said of Panzo, who has to date made one solitary appearance for the first team in last season's Coupe de la Ligue win over Lorient.

  • Aurelien Tchouameni

    Aurelien Tchouameni | Bordeaux

    Another Bordeaux starlet who is looking to break through in the upcoming season. Tchouameni made 10 appearances in Ligue 1 during 2018-19 and will certainly hope to surpass that mark over the next 12 months.

    A strong presence sitting just ahead of the backline in midfield, the 19-year-old's talent caught the eye of AC Milan and Inter this summer, drawing comparisons with Tiemoue Bakayoko thanks to his playing style.

  • Khephren Thuram

    Khephren Thuram | Nice

    Born in Italy and boasting French World Cup-winning defender Lilian as his father, Thuram nevertheless opted not to follow in his footsteps. 

    The 18-year-old plays as a midfielder for Nice, having moved along the Cote d'Azur from Monaco this summer. With help from the likes of Thuram Sr. and coach Patrick Vieira, he has everything needed to go far in the game.