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Maxence Caqueret is voted revelation of the year

Published on 24 December 2019 at 12:00 PM
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The midfielder has been named 2019's Revelation of the Year by internet voters. A product of Lyon's training through and through, he finishes ahead of two other products of the OL academy: Rayan Cherki and Melvin Bard.

1 - Maxence Caqueret, 61% of the vote

All Lyon supporters have known his name for years and have been waiting to finally see the beginnings of this prodigy at training club. Maxence Caqueret, 19 years old and a native of Vénissieux, has shown rare qualities from a very young age, which allowed him to be spotted very early by OL, progressing one by one through the levels of the training center then to fulfill his dream by becoming a professional footballer in the colors of the club of his heart. A regular with the various French youth teams for several years, he has often worn the captain's armband with the Bleuets and within the teams of the Lyon academy, which testifies to his temperament as a leader on the pitch and of a boy who remains grounded in everyday life. An elegant and technical player, he shines in midfield with a vision of the game well above average and through his ability to offer good passes to his teammates. The player now wearing  number 25 on his back made his Ligue 1 debut against Strasbourg in December and plays more and more regularly for the first team. It's been a smooth acclimatization for a player dedicated to playing leading roles in the near future.

 

 

2 - Rayan Cherki, 35% of the vote

A raw, rare, and exceptional talent. If we listen to the trainers of Rayan Cherki, the answer is the same: this player has something not seen every day, something indescribable but easily noticeable when seen on the pitch. A focal point of the Lyon reserve side, the native of Pusignan started his professional career on October 19, entering the match against Dijon (2-0) and even experienced his first start recently during the match in the Coupe de la Ligue against Toulouse (4-1). Technical, efficient with both feet, altruistic, unpredictable, mature, and leader: Cherki's stock continues to rise and the year 2019 was just the beginning of what looks to be a fantastic career.  To the delight of OL fans who were eager to discover his play at the highest level, this prodigy has already given an overview of his technical qualities, unpredictability on the ball, just by playing the game and constantly looking forward. And this Gone already seems to be ahead of his time. A holder of the title of youngest goalscorer in Youth League (at 15 years, 1 month and two days, a record broken since by Dortmund's Youssoufa Moukoko), Rayan Cherki broke another record of precocity by becoming the first player born in 2003 to take part in a Ligue 1 match and the second to play in one of the five biggest European championships (after Harvey Elliott of Liverpool) and to play in a Champions League match (behind Celestine Babayaro) . Seeming set to break other records and continue to make history, Cherki is already the author of a promising start.

 

3 - Melvin Bard, 4% of the vote

A little less known than his teammates, Melvin Bard is not any less talented. This player, born in 2000, has been in the fast lane in OL's youth teams since joining the club in 2016, at 16, and has seen constant progress year after year, to the point of becoming a credible option for the professional team despite his young age. Fast and full of endurance,  he is renowned for his ability to be tough on opponents and never let go. But to emphasize these last two points is to put aside his technical qualities and in particular his good recovery pace and his precision when crossing the ball. He is also able to help out on the left side of central defense, but it is in his favored position, left back, that the native of Ecully made his debut in the professional world at the end of the year, entering at half-time in the game against Nîmes (0-4). Convincing in his debut, Melvin Bard also appears to be on the cusp of a promising career.