Lucas Digne (19), Lille OSC (France)
A part of the football guide; Top 10 Youth Stars of Football World in 2013 - future wonderkids.
Date of birth: July 20th 1993 (19)
Place of birth: Meaux
Club: Lille OSC
National level: France U21
Position: Left Back, Wide Midfielder
Preferred Foot: Left
Height / Weight: 178, 74kg
Maybe I'm soft for french footballers, but at these days I think France is one of the best nations in Europe to produce quality youngsters, just behind Spain and Barcelonas La Masia.
Lucas Digne is already an established member of the first team of Lille OSC, and could be the most obvious candidate to replace Gael Clichy or Patrice Evra for the France national team, in only two to three years ahead.
Screenshot of Lucas Digne in Football Manager 2013 belongs to Sports Interactive.
Lucas Digne joined LOSC in 2005, only 12 years old, and have been nurtured in one of Frances best talent academies. In their past, LOSC have developed players like Kader Keita, Mathieu Debuchy and Mathieu Delpierre, amongst many interesting youngsters in the current youth setup. Lucas Digne got his first-team breakthrough in 2011 and is contracted to LOSC until 2017. In his entire playing career, he has recorded 33 matches for the first team, which 17 of the total appearances are from the current season.
Lucas Digne is also a familiar player to the youth levels of the France national team, and have experiences from France Under-16, U17, U18 and latest Under-19. He has recently been moved to France Under-21, but has not earned any caps for the squad, maybe beacuse he is one of the youngest players in the squad. He has recorded over 50 appearances since the debut for France U16, and who knows how many he would get before moving to Les Bleus.
Lucas Digne has because of impressive performances the last campaign become one of the most obvious candidates to succeed at the highest level of football in 2013. World class clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are all monitoring this ambitious wonderkid, and it's no doubt why.
Lucas Digne has already proved his abilities in a demanding position, where the modern day fullback should balance the team and support both when attacking and defending.
Despite his age, he has the stamina and pace to conquer the left wing and is pretty good at positioning correctly. When it comes to defensive qualities he has pretty much what he needs to succeed; good positioning, good tackling, very good heading and great at reading the play.
Lucas Digne has the abilities to play as a left midfielder or a winger if needed. He is also fairly good in attacking play by moving with the ball, dribbling and passing as his main strengths. He might lack a little bit in crossing, first touch, technique and defending one on one, but he is regarded as a very mature player by his manager Rudi Garcia, and has the professionalism and ambition to improve and become a world class player.
Lucas Digne in Football Manager 2013
Lucas Digne - Player Profile:
We have previously taken a look at his basic information and statistics in his real life football career, and now it is time to take a closer look at his player profile in Football Manager 2013.
Lucas Digne is regarded as one of the Football Manager 2013 wonderkids.
Personality: Fairly Professional
Squad Personality: Ambitious
Main Strength: Speed
Main Weaknesses: Aerial Ability
Best player attributes: Acceleration, Pace
Worst player attributes: Jumping, Passing, Tackling
Preferred foot: Left Only
Natural Player role: Fullback Support
Secondary Player role:Wingback (support)
Third player role: Defensive Winger Attack
Lucas Digne is a versatile player who can play in all the positions on the left flank. He might lack a little in creativity and passing to become a good winger, but lacks equally in tackling, marking and heading to be considered as an excellent fullback.
By scouting we can learn that his hidden attributes strength is important matches, which will make him useful in important matches as he tends to perform better.
Lucas Digne can be purchased for a price range of €7-12Mill and might demand around €15-35000 in wages per week.
Player Development and Training scheduling in FM13:
When scheduling a training for this player, you should consider which type of role and tactic you will use him in.
To improve his defensive skills I would assign him to individual training fullback to improve his positioning, concentration and tackling. If you wants to develop his attacking skills further it might be best to assign the player to wide midfielder to improve his stamina, off the ball, crossing, passing and tackling.