AS Monaco are (very) well-placed in giving time to Academy players
Eliot Matazo, Maghnes Akliouche, Soungoutou Magassa, Eliesse Ben Seghir… All are products of La Diagonale, and are now training with the first team, and have had playing time in Ligue 1 this season. Sometimes they’ve even made their debuts, as was the case for 17-year-old attacking midfielder, who scored a double in Auxerre to mark his Ligue 1 debut (in a 3-2 win). This is also true for the former defensive midfielder from the reserves, who already appeared in the Coupe de France last year against Quevilly.
Benoît Badiashile, an example to follow
They have all walked in the footsteps of Benoît Badiashile, who recently left the club to take up a new challenge in his young career in England, and has been a part of the first team for the past three seasons. He’s proof that young talents have a future at AS Monaco, as proven by the last CIES study (Observatoire du Football), in which the Club were also well-placed.
Merci pour tout et bonne chance pour la suite @BadiashileB 🙏#MadeInLaDiagonale pic.twitter.com/IevFpnZ0r4
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) January 5, 2023
Nearly 10% of playing time goes to Academy graduates
According to the organization specializing in the statistical analysis of football, Philippe Clement has given an average 8.6% of the team’s overall playing time over the 2022-2023 season to players trained at the Academy. This is a good percentage, which places the Club in the top 10 of clubs that trust the most in young players in Ligue 1. Five of them have had the chance to show their qualities in the league, with an average age of 20.7 years, one of the lowest in the French top flight.
Strong competition in Europe
It is also a good ratio across the Big 5 leagues, even if certain “regionalist” teams, such as Athletic Bilbao (56.5%), Real Sociedad (40.1%) or FC Barcelona ( 28.2%), take their place atop the rankings. In France, we find quite logically Lyon (52.1%), Montpellier (39.6%) and Toulouse (29.4%), often among the best academies in Ligue 1 alongside AS Monaco, in this hierarchy.
Once again, the Club therefore proves its commitment to highlighting its Academy, and the fact that it promotes the emergence of its best talents.. To be continued…
Highest % minutes by club-trained players during current season domestic leagues' matches, big-5⃣
🥇 @AthleticClub 56.5%
🥈 @OL 52.1%
🥉 @RealSociedad 40.1%
4⃣. @MontpellierHSC / 5⃣. @scfreiburg 👏
Data for 4⃣1⃣7⃣ clubs from 2⃣7⃣ leagues 👉 https://t.co/7mZYKF7EPy pic.twitter.com/tVmUvDI2xZ
— CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) January 18, 2023