After the plundering of Ligue 1’s vast talent pool this month, you’d be forgiven for thinking that France has no domestic promise left. However, there are still plenty of players rapidly developing big reputations that have stayed.
For how long we can’t be sure, but despite the Newcastle-inspired exodus, there are still a host of big names and upcoming French prospects who remain. Ligue 1’s academies are still producing plenty of exciting players, and with Paris Saint-Germain attracting superstar signings, you get the feeling that France’s top-flight teams are preparing to welcome another generation of domestic talent.
Aside from the obvious likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Paris Saint-Germain’s stellar collection of stars, there are players who have been developing at a steady rate for some time and now deserve their chance to shine at the head of Ligue 1’s class of 2013.
Here are the pick of the bunch.