It is no easy task singling out Nabil Fekir's greatest talent. Pacy and an expert reader of the game, he can also shoot and dribble. In short, he can do it all – and, on top of that, he boasts hugely impressive mental strength in all situations. Together, those qualities turned plenty of heads when Fekir first burst on to the scene with Lyon, his influence on the game and eye-catching statistics belying his young age.
He also earned his maiden France cap at the age of 21, against Brazil, before injury interrupted his progress. Fekir had to wait a long time to return, and just as long to regain his best form, but he eventually rediscovered the old magic with a year to go before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Didier Deschamps will now be counting on him to serve up passes in behind opposition defences and provide different options in attack.