PSG: Who is Warren Zaire-Emery, 16-year-old Paris eventer promises bright future

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At only 16 years old, Warren Zaire-Emery is one of the PSG training center’s biggest hopes. In the midst of a competition of speed, prudence and eloquence, the portrait of a Parisian Titti who is already ready to leave her cage.

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We don’t even talk about age. Warren Zaire-Emery, just 16 years old, is experiencing extraordinary progress within Paris Saint-Germain. At times behind in the youth category, the Montreal native, now in U19, shines at his own pace. He even had the opportunity to train with Mauricio Pochettino’s professional group.

In the RMC podcast “Scouting”, our journalist Loïc Tanzi gives an overview of the defensive midfielder’s talent: “The word phenomenon applies to Warren. If you watch one of his matches without knowing his age, it’s impossible to know where he pitches.” But he is the youngest player.” The same story goes for our mentor Matthew Bodmer, who already considers him “more mature than Xavi Simmons and Edouard Michut, who sometimes play with the pros”.

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The first license he signed at the age of just four and a half years at the Obervilliers – Frank’s club, his father – was conditioned on the mere fact of knowing how to tie his laces on his own and here launched Warren Zaire-Emery. . Passed on by his father, Red Star, a hasty signing stemmed from far above average internal qualities when Warren was only 7 years old. “I went to the traps with my cousin for a tournament and I brought Warren back, he recalls. A ball is coming towards me, and I give it a senior pass, which is well over 30 meters. Supported by. He pulls out a cushioning on our chest as he works on it every day. With my cousins, we look at each other and say, ‘It’s not bad at all.'”

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PSG coaches have also been able to perceive Warren’s qualities, especially U11s manager Abdu Faul: “What his coaches marked is that when you have players with very strong internal qualities, they don’t They knew how to use it. And they don’t make the right choices. They had incredible game reading and analytical skills.”

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So much superiority that he quickly moved from U9s to U11s, then more recently from U16s to U19s with whom he plays today. Warren’s former coach, Bafode DiCite, recalls an episode that testifies to the boy’s early impact on the field: “We felt that, paradoxically, everything was turning upside down for the team because that’s when the ball was lost. , Warren had compensated for everything, rebalanced everything and the others around took less effort. I reminded the other players that Warren was not a firefighter on duty.”

If on the ground, Warren Zaire-Emery is one of the essentials of the collective led by Zoumana Camera, then the 16-year-old must still assert himself. Quite reserved by nature according to Bafode Diaquite, he still struggles to speak in the locker room. “He is not a leader of words, but a leader of action by his attitude on the ground”, Abdu Faul professes.

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However, as he is in the field, Warren quickly learns and his father is there to testify: “He’s grown a lot, he’s more mature, he talks more, he’s more open.” The ultimate proof of this development is his second place in the eloquence competition organized by the PSG Training Centre. his subject? Kylian Mbappe’s sentence is linked to his young age. The 1.78-meter boy is inspired by his elders and this is his biggest quality for Bafode Diaquite: “He is always attentive to adults and his peers”.

While he must be in college, the boy of Martinican descent develops with players who are sometimes in their final years or even adults. An anomaly that might explain the young man’s prudence in the Paris locker room. But while waiting to gain strength and become more regular within the professional workforce, Warren is thriving with PSG’s U19 and the France team’s U17, where he has also been upgraded. His first appearance in Ligue 1 could come next season. Matthew Bodmer seeing him with Neymar, Messi and Mbappe this season makes him look big for Warren. The cards are in the hands of Mauricio Pochettino.

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AFP. Scouting with Hugo Bouville

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