OGC Nice left-back Jordan Amavi delivered another cracking display this weekend, and the defender looks destined for the top of the game.
This season, Amavi has established himself as one of the finest full-backs—if not defenders—in Ligue 1.
He may only be 21, but despite Nice’s struggles near the bottom of the French table, Amavi has proven himself to be both a useful weapon offensively and a competent performer defensively.
While those around him have struggled, Amavi deserves immense credit for maintaining a consistent level of excellent performance and for developing his own game during the course of the campaign.
Amavi, despite his slender years, possesses the maturity and the in-game intelligence of a much older player.
His mental capacity was evident again against Olympique Lyonnais on Saturday. He read the game like a veteran and recorded nine interceptions according to WhoScored. Putting this into context, no other player in the top flight managed as many, or more, during the last weekend of action and only one, LOSC Lille’s Simon Kjaer, came close with seven.
This wasn’t just a one-off fine performance either, Amavi has recorded more interceptions than any other player in Ligue 1 so far this term.
With France particularly well-stocked in the left-back department, could this most talented of left-siders opt to play for Togo and become one of the finest African full-backs of his generation?