Earlier this week Adrien Rabiot, 21, deservedly got his first senior team call up for France ahead of the latest World Cup qualifiers. Rabiot has been the shining light in the PSG team so far this team and has forced his way into Emery’s Starting XI in recent games ahead of some of Paris’s world class players.
Originally, the French International was in the Manchester City academy before signing his first professional contact with Paris Saint Germain in 2012. After returning to Paris Saint Germain from a loan spell at Toulouse, Rabiot was predominately used as a back up under former manager Laurent Blanc. But this season he has really come out of his shell and has arguably been the best player under Emery so far this season.
However, unlike Javier Pastore and Hatem Ben Arfa, its not his goal scoring qualities that have caught the eye of the manager and the media in France. It’s the fact that he has become increasingly more mature all over the field and especially on the ball. In previous seasons, especially last season, he had the mentality to make silly mistakes and be very careless on the ball. For example, Rabiot recklessly got sent off in the French League Cup final for two yellow cards back in April. But its been the complete opposite since Unai Emery has taken over and that’s the main reason the 21 year old has earned him self a place in the Paris three man midfield.
“I am very proud to be back there. I have been working very hard since the start of the season and I am getting the rewards now”
Adrien Rabiot after 4-0 win over Rennes
Another reason why Rabiot has been such a crucial player for the French Champions is his versatility in the midfield. When he was brought on against Basel in the Champions League he played on the front foot from the midfield in the 4-3-3 formation and ended up setting up Thomas Meunier’s wonder goal. Then in the next match against Rennes, he played more of a deeper role, protecting the defence and even managed to get on the score sheet from that role, proving Emery’s faith in him from the start of the season.
And no wonder these performances have caught the eye of Les Bleus’ manager Didier Deschamps who called him up to the French first side for the first time to play in France’s World Cup qualifiers. And certainly, Rabiot looks to have a bright future with France and will be looking to seal his place in the Paris Saint Germain team in the long term.