On an almost annual basis, Ligue 1 gets raided of its best young talent and players that represent good value for money.
Yet French football clubs continue to produce quality players and replace those lost to rival domestic or foreign sides with them.
With Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco boasting some of the world game’s deepest pockets, Le Championnat is also getting the chance to see some of the best young talent come to France to ply their trade.
Heading into 2014, there are plenty of top potential stars primed to make their breakthrough and to either go on to dominate France’s top flight or to join one of Europe’s biggest sides.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the horizon as well, plenty of those have a potential squad place at stake.
Here are 20 players currently in Ligue 1 to watch out for in 2014.