St Etienne have a burnished gem in their ranks: left back Faouzi Ghoulam.
At 21 he can surprise anyone with dedication and talent. He runs his heart out every time he’s on the field. He’s got Bordeaux’s Tremoulinas profile, advancing a lot, creating superiority and delivering great assists.
Speed, vision, strength, ball control and tackling are just a few of his qualities. Even if he advances up on the field, he doesn’t neglect the defensive duties assigned to him and always proves to be solid in interventions. Funny part is that most of St Etienne’s opponents quickly switch on creating actions on the other side of the field in an attempt to avoid Ghoulam.
Amazingly, until now there aren’t many big names linked with a transfer, only Newcastle have shown interest in him. This may be because he’s got a market value of 2.500.000 Euros, and not many teams consider that a bargain (raise the value further and eventually sell at a higher price).
This is certainly a fullback to keep an eye on. And you do not know the best part yet. Unlike most football players, he’s not superstitious, how can he be with the number 13 on his t-shirt?