Arsenal Target Blaise Matuidi & The 10 Best Players In Ligue Un Right Now...
Let's be honest, the French league is becoming more and more attractive. Big names are flowing in and it does not seem to be slowing down. Here is the top 10 of what you can currently observe on the French turf.
This ranking was established according to a survey realised within my personnal network. I took full responsibility when it came to sort out tied entries, This may also explains why this is actually a top 11.
N°11 : James Rodriguez, 22 years old, Monaco and Colombia
The first but not least Colombian to make it in this ranking, recently joined Monaco from Porto a then record breaking deal of 45M€ .His playmaking skills have so far led many to consider him as the successor of Colombian legend Carlos Valderama. Despite having only 2 games under his belt in France, his reputation alone makes of him a worthy top 11 member.
N°10 : Salvatore Sirigu, 28 years old, Paris SG and Italy
The Sardinian born goalkeeper was only considered as a fair football player when he joined Paris from Palermo in 2011, Since then his achievements (including a new invincibility record for the club and best keeper of the league award in 2013) made of him a fans' favourite in the French capital as well as as the designated successor to Gianluigi Buffon for the Squadra Azzura,
N°9 : Thiago Motta, 28 years old, Paris SG and Italy
Grown up within the Barcelona academy, Thiago raised to football stardom under the nerrazzuri shirt in Milan. Unluckily for him, 2012 will remain a terrible year during which he contracted many injuries sidelining him for months, including one taking him off the Euro 2012 final when all substitutions had been processed. Since then, he reminded everyone of what is a true holding midfielder, orchestrating every attacking move from his base line with an undeniable efficiency.
N°8 : Clement Grenier, 22 years old, Lyon and France
The young midfielder made his name famous in the late stages of the past season with an unbelievable string of goals scored from long range free kicks. The heir to Juninho under the Lyon jersey was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer before he decided to commit himself in Lyon and become a leader on and off the pitch.
N°7 : João Moutinho, 27 years old, Monaco and Portugal
Following years in his home league where he won everything he could win with Sporting and Porto, the midfielder decided to sign for the latest hype on the transfer market when he joined Monaco early this summer. The playmaker who slipped through the Premier League net on a few occasions has yet to make his mark on the French turfs.
N°6 : Blaise Matuidi, 26 years old, Paris SG and France
Blaise just started his third season in Paris and is surely the man Qatari owners did not expect to become that important for their club following their takeover. The man with (at least) twice the normal pulmonary capacities, has become a key player for both Paris and the national team. His pairing with Paul Pogba at the heart of the French squad is the main reason for the French fans to keep faith.
N°5 : Mathieu Valbuena, 28 years old, Marseille and France
Since the victory goal he scored during a Champions League game at Anfield in octobre 2007, Valbuena kept on making his way toward international recognition. He did so well that today, he could be considered as one of the rare names you definitely pen down for the national squad alongside Ribery. The little playmaker is surely the best French football player to remain at work within the Ligue 1 right now.
N°4 : Edison Cavani, 26 years old, Paris SG and Uruguay
You (normally) don't have enough fingers to count how many European big guns tried to sign 'El Matador' since he moved from Palermo to Napoli back in 2010, 78 league goals later he decided to knock down a few Ligue 1 defensive lines. 2 decisive goals in 3 games further, they seem convinced of his power.
N°3 : Radamel Falcao, 27 years old, Monaco and Colombia
Falcao proved in his 4 years spent in Europe, spilt between Porto and Madrid that he was a world class act. His ability with every part of his body allowed him to score over 120 goals in 4 years. Now he will hit Frnch nets for the sheer delight of the handful of Monaco fans.
N°2 : Thiago Silva, 28 years old, Paris SG and Brazil
Thiago Silva was considered as the best centre back in the world when he left the Italian league for the French one 15 months ago. Since then he proved the whole French football community that this honorary title was trully deserved. This summer, Barcelona tried to lure him away from Paris and he stayed. The Ligue 1 cannot complain.
N°1 : Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31 years old, Paris SG and Sweden
A ligue 1 title, 29 league goals, 8 assists, a best player of the season award and numerous pieces of genius. That is what Zlatan provided to the French football fans during his first season in France. Despite the arrival of a few more world class players in the league (including within his own attacking line), he remains number 1 here and without a shadow of a doubt would make it into a world top 10.
Also quoted : Maxwell (Paris SG and Brazil), Remi Cabella (Montpellier and France U21), Lucas Ocampos (Monaco and Argentina), Dario Cvitanich (Nice and Argentina), Fabinho (Monaco and Brazil), Dimitri Payet (Marseille and France), Sebastien corchia (Sochaux and France), Dejan Lovren (Lyon and Croatia), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco and France), Florian Thauvin (Marseille and France), Jeremy Toulalan (Monaco and France), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris SG and Argentina), André-Pierre Gignac (Marseille and France), André Ayew (Marseille and Ghana), Loic Perrin (Saint-Etienne and France), Steve Mandanda (Marseille and France), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon and France), Eric Abidal (Monaco and France).