With the emergence of Moise Kean at Juventus, who made his Serie A debut and Champions League debut in the same week at the age of 16, a lot of focus has been placed on the year 2000 babies playing around Europe.
The Italian forward broke all kind of records, and has attracted interested interested from big clubs like Chelsea or Manchester City, but there are a few other players from the noughties making a name for themselves, including a few in France.
Among them is a kid we’ve already covered a fair bit at Sport Witness: Metz’s Vincent Thill.
The 16-year-old attacking midfielder, who became Luxembourg’s youngest player and goalscorer during the World Cup qualifiers, has caught the eyes of many scouts, although not for his club performances.
Still being managed very carefully due to his young age, Thill has only played eight minutes of professional football for the Ligue 1 club, coming on in a 3-0 loss to Bordeaux back in September.
However, the buzz he has created on the international stage means a large chunk of the big European clubs are keeping an eye on him, including Bayern Munich, who are said to be favourites for his signature.
That doesn’t mean the Premier League aren’t all over him, with L’Equipe claiming that both Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola have been sending scouts regularly to watch the youngster.
Chelsea are said to have sent their French scout to each of the player’s appearances internationally, while Manchester City have also been rather ‘punctual’ with their trips from the Etihad to see him.
The youngster certainly has a bright future ahead of him, but it remains debatable whether a move to Stamford Bridge or to Manchester City’s academy is the right move for him at this stage in his career.
He’s at a club where he has a bigger chance of playing, and where the pressure to succeed isn’t anywhere as big.
Stay there for now, we say.