The eleven of the season’s revelations


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    Lovro Majer (attacking midfielder, Rennes, 23)

    The nugget of Dinamo Zagreb was in the sights of many European clubs and Florian Maurice, the sports director of Stade Rennais, insisted on enlisting the playmaker (against 12 million euros). The left-hander is establishing himself as a technical leader.

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    Ivo Grbic (goalkeeper, Losc, 25)

    A substitute goalkeeper at Atlético last season, the Croatian goalkeeper was recruited by Losc to succeed Mike Maignan and manages to distinguish himself. A modern goalkeeper despite his 1.96 m.

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    Malo Gusto (right back, OL, 18 years old)

    Twirling in the preseason, but too crumbly defensively, the young player trained in Lyon (and native of Décines) was able to seize his chance during the absence of Léo Dubois. The French international suffers from the comparison offensively …

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    Warmed Omari (central defender, Rennes, 21)

    The Rennais were looking for a third central defender last summer, after the arrival of Loïc Badé, but it is a youngster from the club, Warmed Omari, who suddenly imposed himself in central hinge instead of the former rock of RC Lens. A great success from Bruno Genesio.

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    Kevin Danso (central defender, Lens, 23)

    Looking for a replacement at Badé, the RCL took a long time to find a new nugget, by offering itself (for 5.5 M €) a colossus who was playing in Bundesliga 2, with Düsseldorf. The Austrian prodigy imposed himself from the start.

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    Przemyslaw Frankowski (left side, Lens, 26)

    Recruited in MLS (Chicago) to become the lining of Jonathan Clauss as the right piston of the Blood and Gold, the Polish winger took advantage of the absences to start left-handed and string together the shots. A nice shot at 2.3 M €.

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    Pablo Rosario (defensive midfielder, Nice, 24)

    Prodigy revealed to PSV and ex-leader of the Dutch Hopes (and even international A now), the defensive midfielder was programmed to shine in Ligue 1. He won from the Aiglons, who recruited him for 6 M €.

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    Elbasan Rashani (winger, Clermont, 28)

    The improbable new crack of Clermont Foot. Arrived free, while playing last year at Erzurum BB, in Turkey, this former great Norwegian hope now international Kosovar has become the luxury joker of Clermont.

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    Ilan Kebbal (attacking midfielder, Reims, 23)

    After a good season in Ligue 2, in Dunkirk, the small attacking midfielder has gradually established himself in the attacking sector of the Stade de Reims. A talented left-hander, author of a goal and 4 assists. Rewarded by a convocation in Algerian selection in October.

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    Mohamed Bayo (center forward, Clermont, 23)

    Top scorer in Ligue 2 (22 goals), but long announced on the start during the offseason, the native of Clermont started the season with a cannonball (before experiencing extra-sporting setbacks). Complete striker, he is already 8 achievements this season (and 2 assists).

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    Hugo Ekitike (striker, Reims, 19)

    Loaned to Norway last season, the slender attacker (1.90 m) won his place in the rotation during preparation before taking full advantage of the absence of El Bilal Touré. This native of Reims is already at 7 goals this season!

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    Gerald Baticle

    Assistant coach at OL for … 10 years (!), The former player of AJ Auxerre was chosen by Angers for the post-Stéphane Moulin and successfully transformed the team. A new face for Ligue 1 and for a long time to come?

Ligue 1 is soon halfway through this 2021-2022 season and players, rather young or landed from nowhere, have managed to hatch on the meadows of Hexagon.

Each season, Ligue 1 allows many players to win in their team, to confirm the hopes placed in them or quite simply to blossom at a high level. Young talents have emerged in their training club, like the defender of Stade Rennais Warmed Omari (21) or the striker of Stade de Reims Hugo ekitike (already 7 goals this season!).

Other unknown players, recruited from the other side of Europe or even across the Atlantic, are now shining on the grounds of the French championship. Pablo Rosario, Dutch defensive midfielder, already impressive at PSV, and above all Lovro majer, Croatian attacking midfielder, presented as the new nugget of his country, were attracted to France. To the delight of their respective club.

Also read: The classification of Ligue 1

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