French players have been a welcome addition to the Premier League over the years and have made a dramatic impact on the English game.
Eric Cantona, David Ginola and Thierry Henry are just some of the star names that have left a massive imprint on the Premier League throughout their time and it is their performances that have prompted many clubs to pursue the signatures of some of the hottest French talent, both experienced and young, to these shores in the last 15 years. You rarely get a dud that comes over, although Newcastle fans may claim the exception with Stéphane Guivarc’h.
I suppose it is no coincidence that France’s success on the International scene during the late 90s acted as the catalyst for Premier League managers to cross the English Channel, following Arsene Wenger’s lead in searching for their very own Thierry Henry or Patrick Viera. Over 150 Frenchmen have represented clubs in the Premier League; a figure that seems to increase with every given year
Every season Ligue 1 seems to unearth a new batch of young talents that is likely to have many Premier League clubs sniffing around over the course of the season. The excellent IM SCOUTING in their latest ‘Special Report’ has pinpointed the current French youngsters that are currently setting Ligue 1 alight at the moment.