Considering the amount of talent coming from Ligue 1 that has made it in the Premier League over the past few seasons, it’s no wonder the vast majority of Premier League clubs are constantly keeping an eye on what’s going on the other side of the Channel.
With young players making their first team debuts left, right and centre these days, scouts have a lot of work to do, and Tottenham are no different, with a Lorient player the latest to catch the eye.
Matteo Guendouzi, a 17-year-old midfielder, has been the latest to breakthrough at the club, currently bottom of the league, having played in Lorient’s last four league games.
That is, at least, according to Foot Mercato’s information, who report on Tuesday that Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have already been ‘seduced’ by how quickly the youngster has adapted to first-team football.
Never trying to overcomplicate matters with his passing, as well as demonstrating maturity in his spacial awareness, the central midfielder shows early signs of becoming a similar player to Paris Saint-Germain’s talented midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
Also unafraid of using his body to get the ball back, Guendouzi could still improve when taking people on, but much can be forgiven considering he only turned 17 in April.
Whether Tottenham need another central midfielder is another matter altogether, but their past interest in Adrien Rabiot means turning their attention to Guendouzi isn’t all that surprising.
With Lorient giving him their full backing, with little to lose considering their league position, it will be interesting to see how the player develops in the coming months.