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|Topic Started: Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:54 pm (85 Views)|
|Olivavu||Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:54 pm Post #1|
You might not have heard of him, but this could be just the guy to push Liverpool on
Do the fields of Anfield road and Liverpool glory await for this man?
At this stage of the season one would probably consider that the leader of a decent level league is a serious title contender. This is the reason why Montpellier cannot be considered as a surprise anymore. Their entire squad has now been watched on numerous occasions by all the scouts of Europe, looking for the key man to their longer than expected success.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is the man getting most attention in the defensive line. Moroccan Younes Belhanda is surely the eye catching player amongst midfielders while Olivier Giroud does not need to be introduced upfront.
These 3 players have all been linked with a few Premier League clubs for a cross channel move over the next summer. Until then, price tags might go up faster than a elevator, (especially for the latter), even more so if Montpellier finish the season as they have started it and wins a place in next years Champions League.
The one player you have probably heard less about is Corsican playmaker Remy Cabella.
The youngster was born 21 years ago on the sunny Corsica island and grew up as a promising footballer amongst the Gazelec d’Ajaccio side. Aged 14, he had to take a decision when many Ligue1 clubs tried to lure him into their youth system. Cleverly, he picked an acclaimed one, not too far from his home island and with a playing policy which will allow his creativity to blossom. Montpellier was a spot on choice for him.
He progressed quickly through the different age categories within the club until 2009 where he reached the Gambardella Cup final (equivalent of the youth FA cup). There, unflustered by playing in the Stade de France, he completely stole the show: an amazing display and a decisive goal saw Montpellier win the cup whilst he was named man of the match.He then obviously got in pole position for a debut with the professional squad but shortly after signing his first contract, suffered in training what footballers fear most- a cruciate ligament injury. Sidelined for months, he managed to grab only a handful of appearances before the 2009-2010 season reached its end. Not enough to impress the staff.
Subsequently, he was sent on loan for a year to newly promoted side Arles-Avignon. There, within one of the poorest sides Ligue 1 has ever seen he still managed to grab a few headlines for his individual skills.
Arriving back in Montpellier last July, he was now mature and fit enough to fight for a starting position in this promising squad. Able to play on the side as well as right behind the strikers, he benefits from an amazing ball control and dribbling skills combined with a speed of execution provoking more than one defender to fall on his back.
Unfortunately for him another player has the exact same profile at the club. Younes Belhanda is one year older and equally gifted, and had the coaches favour last year. This is the reason why despite featuring in most games Montpellier played before Christmas, he has not enjoyed a lot of playing time, coming on most occasions off the bench during the second half.
His luck came with the New Year when Belhanda went to play for Moroco in the African Cup Of Nations. He then enjoyed starting spots and rewarded his coach quickly for this. Montpellier are on an unbeaten run in 2012 and Cabella has to take his share of the plaudits for this, combining brilliantly with top scorer Giroud.
Now, even with Belhanda back in town, he is still benefits from more minutes on the field, the coach feeling that is side could do even better with both players thrown into the action at the same time.
On the other hand, Cabella has a great record with the under 21 French side where he has been a definite starter over the past year, scoring important goals and receiving regular public congratulations from the gaffer.
Liverpool’s interest isn’t surprising then, with them currently being in dire need of fresh ideas all over the attacking front. Cabella is young, talented, on the ascent and despite having 4 years remaining on his contract, he might be very interested in taking on a bigger challenge if he does not get more attention from the coach before June.
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