3 PSG youngsters to add to your collection!
Not only do we make officially licensed cards for PSG here at Futera, we are also BIG fans of the Paris club... So we decided to look at their young players and see who could potentially form the next generation of superstars and help the French giants achieve their long-standing goal - winning the European Cup! Here are players we think you should be eyeing up for your card collection. 👇
Nuno Mendes joined PSG on loan from Sporting Lisbon last summer and had an impressive breakout year in the French capital. The 19-year-old played mainly at left back but also had sporadic stints at left midfield.
He made 37 appearances last campaign as Mauricio Pochettino’s men romped to yet another domestic triumph. The full back assisted twice and established himself as a mainstay in the league’s best division.
He also was among four PSG players that were named in the division’s team of the season, it’s safe to say he was pretty good!
His outstanding form compelled the French champions’ hierarchy to trigger the youngster’s £34 million option to buy. This means that Mendes has committed the next four years of his future to his new employers.
At 19, he has forged an international career with Portugal, making 15 total appearances for the Seleção.
The future is bright for Nuno Mendes – he certainly has the potential to become one of the best fullbacks in world football. One for your collection.
Timothée Pembéle is a 19-year-old defender who has risen through the ranks at PSG.
The youngster is an athletic right back, who originally drew comparisons to Achraf Hakimi – the world-beater who currently occupies that position for the Parisians.
Fortunately, he can also perform in the middle of a backline, which will increase his chance of game time, as Presnel Kimpembe’s future looks uncertain and Thilo Kehrer completed his move to West Ham in August.
Pembele did not have the dream start that most expected when he made his debut almost two years ago, playing against Bordeaux and diverted into his own net within ten minutes.
This might destroy the confidence of most, but the starlet’s maturity and determination to succeed shone through as he made eight more appearances that term, before being sent on loan to Bordeaux.
Despite being sidelined until October, the defender is now back with PSG, after gaining some much needed first team experience. I’m sure Pembéle will go on to establish himself as a mainstay in Christophe Galtier’s backline as the new season progresses.
Hugo Ekitiké was presented with a rather difficult choice last month; join Newcastle, who have been chasing him since January or join Bayern Munich, who have a star-studded squad and a vacancy up front... Or join PSG, the French champions desperate for UCL glory?
He eventually chose the latter, joining on loan in July. It’s safe to say the 20-year-old impressed last term, scoring ten and assisting four in 24 matches to steer Reims clear of any danger.
Despite PSG’s array of attacking talent, Ekitiké is getting minutes under his belt. The youngster has be bought on in both of their first two Ligue 1 matches this season
A significant part of Ekitiké’s development came in a rather non-traditional manner, as he removed himself from French football and moved on loan to Danish side Vejle.
In Scandinavia, he was well liked by the manager, who gave him the freedom to thrive.
Upon his return to his home country, the 20-year-old looked fantastic, and was able to spearhead an attack that previously left a lot to be desired.
Now he is being slotted into a side with creative talent in abundance, Ekitiké has all the tools that he needs to reach the next level, and start performing on bigger stages. One to watch! Looking for PSG cards? Click here!