Jordan Amavi

Jordan Amavi
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5' 9" (176cm)
11st 0lbs (70.0kg)
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Jordan Amavi was seen by most French football enthusiasts as one of the most rapidly-emerging players in Ligue 1 during 2014/15.

Considering the Toulon-born left-back only signed his first professional contract in May 2014, the fact he now plays for the claret and blues in the Barclays Premier League demonstrates how quickly he has progressed.

His rise at Nice came following some incredibly mature performances in defence in the absence of Timothée Kolodziejczak, who had left Les Aiglons for Sevilla.

Amavi spent his formative years at his local club Sporting Toulon Var before being picked up by Nice in 2010.

He was offered the chance to integrate into the Côte D'Azur side's increasingly successful youth set up.

After appearing for France's U18 and U19 outfits, it was at the start of the 2013/14 season that Nice manager Claude Puel brought Amavi up from the reserve side to initially shadow Kolodziejczak.

The latter was receiving rave reviews at the time for his attacking contributions from left back.

If Amavi had been anxious to make his mark as quickly as possible in the first team, he did not have to worry about getting the chance.

Throughout the 2013/14 season, Kolodziejczak was only available for selections in patches, with a string of injuries.

Amavi duly made his first Ligue 1 appearance for Les Aiglons in the 2013/14 season's opener against Lyon.

He was in the side a week later against Ajaccio where he gave a very assured account of himself.

The young Frenchman went on to appear 19 times over the course of the 2013/14 campaign.

Amavi has an incredibly rare, raw quality of being able not only to consistently anticipate his opposing man's next move but to be able to dispossess him without conceding a free-kick.

French statisticians insist that for a 21 year old, Amavi has an "absolutely stunning ability to read the game, far beyond his years."

To further quote: "He possesses this serenity on the ball, coupled by cool-headedness when trying to make an interception."

Puel's decision not to dip into the transfer window during the summer of 2014 for a left back despite Kolodziejczak's departure was testament to the wonderful faith that the former Lyon boss had in Amavi.

In September 2014, Amavi was able to claim his first professional goal for Nice in a match they eventually lost to Nantes.

Amavi showcased his aerial ability by getting in front of the defender from a corner and nicking the ball in at the near post.

He added a second to his tally in December 2014 away to Caen, where Les Aiglons came out with a narrow but crucial victory.

He would score four in total during a very exciting 2014/15 campaign, further efforts coming against Bordeaux in January 2015 and Lens in May 2015.

He joined Villa in July 2015 on a five-year deal and will now look to make the left-back role his own, despite the setback of missing the rest of the current season with a knee problem picked up on international duty.



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