After his performance against AC Milan in the Champions League (3-0), Warren Zaïre-Emery was decisive in PSG’s victory over Brest in Ligue 1 (2-3) on Sunday. Is he the most exciting prospect in European football at the beginning of the season?
Different looks, brighter spotlight, and palpable excitement surrounding him. After his demonstration against AC Milan on Wednesday in the Champions League (3-0), Warren Zaïre-Emery is emerging as the new darling of French football. Undoubtedly, he is the most promising player. With his natural talent, astonishing maturity, and exemplary mentality, the PSG midfielder is winning unanimous praise at the start of the season.
Four days after being named man of the match against Rossoneri, with two decisive assists, the 17-year-old gem confirmed his rise in power during the victory in Brest in Ligue 1 (2-3) on Sunday. Well set up by Bradley Barcola, he opened the scoring with a powerful shot on the Francis-Le Blé pitch. He then delivered another top-level performance in Finistère.
Deschamps closely follows him
This has impressed Luis Enrique, who has made him one of the key players since taking charge in the summer. With the confidence of his Spanish coach, Zaïre-Emery has been playing many matches with Paris, gaining depth and valuable experience in recent weeks. He is now knocking on the door of the French national team.
Already promoted to captain by Thierry Henry in the U21s, the native of Seine-Saint-Denis recently received compliments from Didier Deschamps, who was at Parc des Princes during PSG-Milan. While waiting to see if WZE will be called up for the next French national team gathering, he is already dazzling European football. It makes us wonder if he is not currently the most promising hope?
Bellingham shines with Real Madrid
Among the players aged 20 or younger, Jude Bellingham is excelling since joining Real Madrid. Scoring a decisive double at Camp Nou on Saturday in the Liga clasico (1-2), the English attacking midfielder (20 years old) has scored 13 goals and provided 3 decisive assists in 13 appearances (all competitions). These performances should allow him to win the Golden Boy 2023 on December 4th.
According to the Spanish press, the Real Madrid no. 5 is expected to win the award launched in 2003 by Tuttosport to reward the best player under 21 playing in Europe. He will succeed Barcelona’s Gavi. However, Bellingham is three years older than Zaïre-Emery, and at the same age, he was only establishing himself as a regular starter at Dortmund. He has fewer stats than the Parisian prodigy…
Mathys Tel scores consecutive goals with Bayern Munich
Also aged 20, Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Florian Wirtz (Bayern Munich), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Pedri (Barça), Xavi Simons (Leipzig), and Rasmus Hojlund (Manchester United) are no longer beginners at the highest level. It is difficult to directly compare them to Warren Zaïre-Emery. The same goes for Gavi, who also won last year’s Kopa Trophy, awarded during the Ballon d’Or ceremony. His successor will be announced this Monday at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Once again, it is expected to be Jude Bellingham.
Among the prospects of the same generation as WZE, Mathys Tel appears to be a serious contender. Both talents play together in the French youth teams. On fire since the start of the season, the 18-year-old striker has scored 6 goals in 342 minutes with Bayern Munich. However, the former Rennes player is not yet an undisputed starter in Bavaria, and his impact on the overall team performance remains limited.
Lamine Yamal already with the Spanish national team
Perhaps the biggest rival of Warren Zaïre-Emery is Lamine Yamal. The FC Barcelona prodigy already plays an important role in Xavi’s team. At only 16 years old, he has scored 1 goal and provided 3 decisive assists in 14 appearances with the Catalan club this season (all competitions). He has also made his debut for the Spanish national team, scoring 1 goal in 2 caps. His technical prowess is astonishing, but he does not yet possess the game volume of the Parisian prodigy, who already looks like an experienced veteran on the field. However, he will only turn 18 next March, three months before the Euro in Germany and four months before the 2024 Paris Olympics.