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Within the competitive landscape of France’s Ligue 2, a new generation of U23 talents is making significant strides, as identified by the Comparisonator platform across five crucial parameters. From key passes by midfielders to ground duels won by centre-backs, these emerging stars are not only reshaping their respective positions but also signaling a promising future for French football. In this detailed analysis, we delve into the standout performances of these U23 players, highlighting their contributions that extend beyond individual success to impact the dynamics of the entire league.

In summary, these U23 players in Ligue 2 not only excel in their individual capacities but collectively contribute to the league’s dynamic and competitive nature. As they continue to mature and develop, their influence on the pitch is set to grow, positioning them as key figures in the future of French football.

Our team of recruitment analysts dived into France Ligue 2 current season, selected 5 different parameters, listed top 5 leaders in each parameter category:

  • Key Passes
  • Progressive Runs
  • Interceptions in Opponent Half
  • Shots on Target
  • Ground Duels Won


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For example decision makers will can list all U21 best centre forwards (or any positions) in Croatia & Serbia (or from 275 competitions), add amount of goals, aerial duels won if looking for a target man from the filter section, or dribbles made if looking for forwards. Very simply detail the position to search to find suitable players.

Best Players of France Ligue 2 in Selected Parameters

The best 5 players ranked in the selected parameters based on the matches played so far this season. These players ranked according to their per 90 min averages. In this analysis, Comparisonator team used the Recruitment Shop feature of the Platform.

Please note that all numbers are per 90 min data from the 2023/24 Season So Far.

Key Passes

Enzo Bardeli leads U23 midfielders with an impressive average of 0.58 key passes per 90 minutes, showcasing his playmaking prowess. Yacouba Barry, Louis Mouton, Gabriel Bares, and Lohann Doucet follow closely, each playing a pivotal role in creating goal-scoring opportunities from the heart of the field.

Progressive Runs

In the realm of progressive runs, Amine Sbaï stands out among U23 wingers with an average of 5.19 per 90 minutes, demonstrating his ability to advance the play. Nassim Chadli, Rafiki Saïd, Lenny Joseph, and Papa Ndiaga Yadeh also contribute significantly, adding flair and dynamism to their team’s attacking play.

Interceptions in Opponent Half

Defensively, Samuel Loric leads U23 fullbacks with an average of 1.54 interceptions in the opponent’s half per 90 minutes, showcasing his ability to disrupt the opposition’s build-up. Thibaut Vargas, Moïse Mahop, Amin Cherni, and Paul Joly also exhibit defensive acumen, contributing to their team’s solidity.

Shots on Target

Among U23 strikers, Taïryk Arconte leads with an average of 1.42 shots on target per 90 minutes, displaying his goal-scoring proficiency. Lamine Diaby-Fadiga, Zan Vipotnik, Samuel Ntamack, and Sambou Soumano also prove to be potent threats in front of goal.

Ground Duels Won

In the domain of ground duels, Osaze Urhoghide leads U23 centre-backs with an average of 8.31 duels won per 90 minutes, demonstrating his defensive strength. Cheick Keita, Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Ethan Bartlow, and Hugo Gambor also exhibit their ability to secure possession and thwart opposition attacks.

Selected via Comparisonator machine learning index.
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Kemal Taş

Football enthusiast and editor @ Comparisonator.