Prospects #10 to #1By: Evilo | August 15th, 2011
Hereâ€™s the list from #10 to #1
1- Eden Hazard (1), Lille, AM, 91, Belgium
Rating : 9.5 B-, Messi
Talent : Hazard is simply Ligue 1â€™s best player (elected by his peers). He has great touch, great vision, great speed and great dribbling. His technique is up there with the best of them. His impact in Lille was huge and a big reason why Lille won the double.
2- Mamadou Sakho (2), PSG, CB/LB, 90
Rating : 9 B, Desailly
Talent : A HUGE season from Sakho. He is a combination of a good footballer, physical freak and born leader. He has a good accurate left foot, has good long passes and is a great tackler. He is maturing extremely fast and is the most dominant defenseman L1 has t offer. He has now been called by Blanc for the national team. Sometimes, he lacks consistency and focus but that was the case for 4 to 5 games this season.
3- Yann Mvila (3), Rennes, DM, 90
Rating : 9 A-, Busquets
Talent : Mâ€™Vila is already on the national team and a key member of that squad. Extremely poised, calm, he is never afraid of any situation. Extremely good technically, heâ€™s also a rock defensively, with a lot of activity. His passes (forward especially) is a huge asset to any team.
4- Javier Pastore (U), PSG, AM/CM, 89
Rating : 9B, Kaka
Talent : Everyone knows about the L1 most expensive player ever. Heâ€™s like Kaka without the top speed. Great dribbler, cannon shot, great passes. Weâ€™ll see how he fares in L1 this year.
5- AndrÃ© Ayew (23), OM, LW/Striker, 89, Ghana
Rating : 8.5 B-, Etoâ€™o
Talent : Ayew is a very fast dribbling machine that has a lot of maturity and works well defensively. Heâ€™s now OMâ€™s best player as his offense has developed greatly over the course of the season. He scores a lot of goals and is always the hardest working player on the pitch.
6- Moussa Sissoko (4), Toulouse, DM, 89
Rating : 9 C+, Essien
Talent : Sissoko is a rock defensively. Great tackling ability, lots of energy and a lot of running too. He isnâ€™t bad in front of the net either, and he can use his huge shot. He has high upside because heâ€™s everywhere on the pitch. Now heâ€™s part of the senior national team.
7- Franck Tabanou (31), Toulouse, LW, 89
Rating : 8.5 C, Malouda
Talent : Tabanou really stepped up this year. He made some great plays, tried some really hard moves but that worked.
8- Dejan Lovren (32), Lyon, CB, 89
Rating : 8 B, Vidic
Talent : Lovren is a solid physical defenseman who can play any defensive position, including DM. He has an interesting package of tools and is not bad with long passes too.
9- Yacine Brahimi (U), Rennes, LW/AM, 90
Rating : 8.5 C, Iniesta
Talent : Brahimi is a technically gifted attacking midfielder, who can make great plays as heâ€™s very creative.
10- Miralem Pjanic (5), Lyon, AM/CM, 90, Bosnia
Rating : 9 C+, J. Cole
Talent : An incredible touch on the ball, Pjanic is loaded with technical talent. Everything seems smooth and easy. He still lacks the goal scoring instinct, and should be more decisive around the net. But his transition game is amazing. The bad news is that he had a frankly bad season this year. This year will be extremely important for his development.