nuggets that are likely to shine quickly —

PSG : des pépites qui risquent de rapidement briller

Since PSG went under the Qatari flag, little room is finally given to young shoots. Some of them were still able to get out of the game. We necessarily think of Adrien Rabiot at the time and, above all, of Presnel Kimpembe. The latter, who recently celebrated his 27th birthday, is an important member of the capital club. However, in the end, they are relatively few to have really emerged under the colors of their training club.

PSG and the establishment of its elite group

However, nuggets, PSG comes out, and not just a little. You just have to see the number of Parisian titis who are performing today. They are scattered all over the old continent. Among these, we can notably cite: Christopher Nkunku, Moussa Diaby, Kingsley Coman or even Mike Maignan. So many elements that have made the choice to flourish far from the red and blue pastures. But today, a golden generation, which seems to have a completely different goal, has come forward.

Warren Zaire-Emery is one of the members of PSG’s Elite Group (Icon Sport)

Aware of this fact, the Ile-de-France board created an elite group at the start of the season. In this way, PSG therefore wishes to highlight the best players in its nursery. They are thus six in number: Lucas Lavallée (goalkeeper), El Chadaille Bitshiabu (17, defender), Warren Zaïre-Emery (16, midfielder), Ayman Kari (18, midfielder), Ismaël Gharbi (18, striker) and Ilyes Housni (17, striker. So many talents that don’t require only to play and hatch with Paris. And ignoring the case of the last rampart, which was trained at LOSC before joining the city of light, these titis have all chosen to sign their first professional contract with the PSG.

PSG ready to offer playing time

It may seem logical, but it’s a real tour de force achieved by PSG. Because yes, these five players were the most coveted on the market and were literally overwhelmed by European proposals. Now present with the pro group daily, the whole thing is to see if they will be able to have playing time during the second act of the current exercise. Which seems to be the will of PSG. Inevitably, some will take the light more than others. Two of them could also have a real card to play.

There, it is about El Chadaille Bitshiabu and Warren Zaire-Emery. The first city should be definitively integrated into the rotation within the Parisian rearguard. PSG has, in this sense, no intention of recruiting a new defender during the winter transfer window in order to leave the necessary latitude for its 17-year-old rock culminating at 1.96 m. He also celebrated his first two starts: against RC Strasbourg on December 28 (2-1, 16th day of Ligue 1) and against Châteauroux on January 6 (32nd final of the Coupe de France). The opportunity for him to demonstrate extremely interesting predispositions. What offer him a minimum of credit for the future.

Warren Zaire-Emery, the real PSG phenomenon

But the player who is causing a great sensation is Warren Zaire-Emery. 16 years old, this one is perceived as a real phenomenon internally. It’s simple, during his training, he was always outclassed. Same observation with the France team. The native of Montreuil is a generational player and shows a mental, physical and technical maturity that is quite crazy for a boy of this age. He too had his first tenure with PSG against Châteauroux. He had also made a copy of high quality. Against Angers this Wednesday evening, he entered the game. And the words of Christophe Galtier leave very little room for doubt: He is capable of starting a Ligue 1 match, but also an LDC match. I’m convinced.” Very strong words that prove the status he is forging.

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Ilyes Housni, the young PSG player (Icon Sport)
Ilyes Housni, the young PSG player (Icon Sport)

2023, the year of the Titis?

Finally, even if the offensive hierarchy should not leave them much room, Ismaël Gharbi and Ilyes Housni could still grab a few minutes. The Iberian hopeful also distilled his first professional offering with a millimeter pass to Hugo Ekitike for the opener against Châteauroux. Swift, technical and, above all, decisive, he has been part of Zoumana Camara’s U19s for almost two years now. Regarding Housni, he experienced a meteoric rise. Promoted within the national U19s this season, he initialed his first professional contract and played his first minutes with PSG in stride, again against Castelroussins. Prolific, he notably scored 8 goals in six appearances in the Youth League, we will also have to count on him in the years to come. Let it be said, the PSG has a staggering pool and finally seems ready to really exploit it.