Training club of several legends, ASSE will continue to trust young people. In full reconstruction, Saint-Étienne is experiencing departures. Free places in the workforce therefore appear and some young people have the ability to impose themselves in their training club.
Promising defensive elements
If Saint-Étienne has in the past been able to train exceptional defenders like Loïc Perrin, or more recently as William Saliba or Wesley Fofana. This year, several elements of the green rear guard seem ready to discover Ligue 2.
First of all, these 3 players take part in the series of friendly matches of the Stéphanois and seem well integrated into the group. Holder in the 2nd half against Évian Thonon-Genève, Louis Mouton was not unworthy. This 20-year-old defensive midfielder recently signed his first professional contract and spent the entire month of January on the bench for ASSE in Ligue 1. A good receiver and hungry in midfield, he has the maturity and the talent to dig his hole, despite the fact that his sector of play is already well supplied with more experienced elements …
Also in the game against Evian, Abdoulaye Bakayoko and Bryan Nokoue will have their chance next year. The 1st is a 19-year-old pure stopper, tenured 4 times in Ligue 1 against Lens, Lyon, Brest, and Bordeaux. Very mobile, he is a modern player who has been able to acclimatize to the professional world. Behind Briançon, Giraudon, Nadé or even SoxBakayoko will have his card to play in Ligue 2, if he is not loaned before the resumption.
On the right flank, Bryan Nokoue was also able to make his debut in Ligue 1. After a whirlwind return to Lens, he played the entire second half against Montpellier and showed great things. Aggressive and combative, the 20-year-old Cameroonian will be important this season in Saint-Étienne. In addition to Yvann Maçon on departure, only Sergi Palencia is in his position in the squad. Real understudy or youthful complement left out?
An attack full of young talents
If the defense contains some promising young elements, the attack is full of them. Let’s start with the most experienced offensive player. Maxence Rivera, versatile winger, made his debut against Nantes in January 2020. Now 20, he is one of the only side strikers in the squad, and has 300 all-round minutes played with the pros.
On the right flank, we also find Aïman Aiki, who has never been part of the professional group. Only 17 years old, he was able to demonstrate all his composure, scoring 1 goal against Évian in the first friendly match in a duel against the goalkeeper. Very promising, he is the youngest professional element in Saint-Étienne, and has a place in the France U17 team. Explosive, he could well surprise next year in Ligue 2…
With 41 minutes played in pro, combined in 6 matches, El Hadji Dieye has not yet had the chance to reveal himself. Author of 5 achievements with the reserve team, this Senegalese center forward also shifted to the right during certain matches is a real racing car. Without forgetting his qualities as a center, he does not participate in professional preparation, when he is already 20 years old.
Reserve top scorer with a total of 10 goals, Yanis Lhéry is a powerful attacker with a very developed instinct. His sense of purpose led him to be called up by Laurent Batlles for the Stéphane preparation. If today he only has Jean-Philippe Krasso and Charles Abi as competitors for the position of center forward, a sudden outbreak would only surprise half.
Among the most promising nuggets of ASSE, there are many young elements who have already been able to make their debut in Ligue 1. An important training club in France, ASSE has a pool of unlimited talent just waiting to have more playing time. Relegated to the 2nd division, the club will be able to test and give a chance to several of them…