The Monaco Academy has done it again.
Kylian Mbappe, Yannick Carrasco and Abdou Diallo are three of the many stars to come out of Monaco’s youth setup, and the next could be midfielder Romain Faivre, who joined Brest this summer and has now sparked interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Frenchman as he is making the rounds in the columns of Man Utd transfer news.
Faivre was called up to Monaco’s senior squad under Leonardo Jardim at the age of 19, but it wasn’t until Thierry Henry joined the club that the Frenchman got the chance to strut his stuff.
Henry went through it in the deep and gave him his four senior appearances, three of which ended in victory, but Henry’s departure in 2019 saw Faivre return to the reserves.
Faivre told the official Brest website that it was “under Henry’s orders” that he was brought into the fold of the first team, and he might well have kept his place in the team if Henry hadn’t. not been fired.
Monaco let Faivre go for just under £ 400,000 in 2020, and Brest is already believed to be preparing for a huge profit.
According to The Telegram, Brest see him as closer to a £ 14million player these days, and it is only after six months at the club.
Many clubs have contacted Brest to inquire about its services, so it would not be surprising to see its price increase even more.
As one of the best dribblers in Ligue 1, Faivre received a lot of praise for his desire to beat a defender, but his greatest strength was also cited as a potential weakness.
Goalkeeper Gautier Larsonneur recently confessed: “In a while, he could become exceptional, because his qualities are out of the ordinary, but he needs to purify his game.
“To play at the highest level is to score goals and get assists. Against Nice, at the end of the match, he could bring others in two or three situations. But we don’t blame him for everything he brings. we.”
When you watch Faivre play, the first thing you’ll notice is the Frenchman’s exceptional left foot.
He’s described as a “wand” by most reports of his games, and Telefoot’s Smail Bouabdellah has gone so far as to suggest that Faivre has more control of the ball with his feet than most with their hands.
In his first six months at Brest, he boasted of a record high for the number of successful dribbles, while his percentage of success is second among those with similar numbers, behind Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain.
Faivre was brought up as a central midfielder and spent the vast majority of his time with Monaco playing deep in the midfield, in the box-to-box role he always felt was best for him. .
However, since its installation in Brest, it has been used almost everywhere except there.
Brest boss Olivier Dall’Oglio likes to maximize Faivre’s impact in attack and has made a point of playing him in more advanced roles. He spends most of his time on the left wing and has even been a central striker at times.
Growing up, Faivre was always expected to lean towards his mother’s legacy and represent Algeria. The Gazette du Fennec reported in 2018 that his close family members all expected him to represent Algeria should the opportunity arise.
While still possible, he suggested his allegiances lay elsewhere when he accepted a call-up from the France Under-21 squad in October 2020.
He still has time to spend in Algeria, but Faivre may have to make up his mind as soon as it appears that France is ready to make him one of their own.
Most players don’t have to wait past their 22nd birthday for their first year of regular senior football, but Faivre had his patience tested by a team from Monaco who were reluctant to commit to him.
Monaco tried to loan him to Belgian club Cercle Brugge, but Faivre refused as he felt he had to start progressing immediately, and Brest rushed to take advantage of the situation.
“Above all, Romain is a boy who wants to make up for lost time in Monaco,” Dall’Oglio told Ligue 1. “He wants to move forward, he’s ambitious, he’s serious, he works, he has goals.”
Coming out of nowhere this season, Faivre doesn’t exactly have the most appealing FIFA 21 rating.
Faivre is only 64 in total, with 65 dribbling and 65 passing his best stats, and he only has a potential of 73.
It is to be watched when the winter improvements arrive. Incoming gold card?
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