Mikayil Faye: Wants to achieve breakthrough in Europe through cooperation with Marseille

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Mikayil Faye: Wants to achieve breakthrough in Europe through cooperation with Marseille


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On Apr. 15, 2019 Senegal faced Marocco at the Chimazi Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania) as part of the U17 Africa Cup. For the Lionceaux de la Teranga, it was the first game under head coach Malick Daf. And on the day of his debut, the head coach experimented. The now 53-year-old started left-back Mikayil Ngor Faye—the talent was only 14 years, nine months, and one day old. 

Even if the continental championship was unsuccessful (Senegal was eliminated during the group stage), Faye managed to make a name for himself. The 186 cm tall left-footed left-back has been a regular starter and at the U17 World Cup in the fall of 2019 was one of the architects of Senegal’s success. Senegal conceded just three goals during the group stage and beat both the USA and the Netherlands, just to be eliminated by Spain in the round of 16 (1-2). 

The success gave Faye confidence to succeed as he started the next step of his young career at the Saly-based Diambars-Institute, a cooperation partner of Olympique Marseille. The Ligue 1 club has the first refusal on any talent produced by the academy. “It is perhaps a bit of a stretch, but Mikayil’s profile is similar to Sergio Ramos during the early days of his career,” journalist Chérif Sadio, an expert for Senegalese football, said to Transfermarkt.fr. “When you look at his abilities, there are certainly similarities on the technical and tactical level. He is young but has good technique and is two-footed. There is steel in his tackles, and he anticipates well, he has the ability to destroy opponents’ attacks. He is strong on the ground but also in the air, especially when you consider his height and his flexibility at a young age.” 

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Juan Cabrera | Germany | Market value: –

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Schalke’s Juan Cabrera was listed as Uruguayan in last year’s Talents Calendar. Since then he has opted for Germany.

Pipi Nakai | Japan | Market value: –

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Pipi Nakai has made the next step at Real Madrid and is now part of the reserve team. But he is still awaiting his debut in Spain’s third division.

Bradley Fink | Switzerland | Market value: –

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Youssoufa Moukoko’s footsteps were not too big: Bradley Fink has been scoring consistently for Dortmund’s U19 side.

Alejandro Iturbe | Spain | Market value: –

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Alejandro Iturbe is slowly being integrated into Atlético Madrid’s first team and has already made the bench once.

Ramen Cepele | Albania | Market value: –

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Ramen Cepele has struggled with some smaller injuries but nonetheless has already featured for Hannover 96 II in the Regionalliga.

Turan Calhanoglu | Germany | Market value: –

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2021 has been a year to forget for Turan Calhanoglu. Hakan Calhanoglu’s cousin struggled with injuries all seasons long.

Kelvin John | Tanzania | Market value: €100,000

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“As soon as I turn 18, I will move to a big club“, said Kelvin John last year. Promise kept, the forward joined KRC Genk ahead of the season.

Bikash Yumnam | India | Market value: €100,000

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Bikash Yumnam continues his dream of moving to Europe. But it has been baby steps for the RoundGlass Punjab FC defender.

Simon Ngapandouetnbu | France | Market value: €150,000

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Born in Cameroon Simon Ngapandouetnbu has opted for France and is still awaiting his debut for Olympique Marseille’s senior team.

Seong-jin Kang | South Korea | Market value: €225,000

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Seong-jin Kang has not just become a regular starter for FC Seoul but an important first team player.

Kluiverth Aguilar | Peru | Market value: €300,000

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Xavi Simons | Netherlands | Market value: €500,000

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For Xavi Simons the last season was a mixed back. First close to the first team, the talented attacking midfielder has been ignored by Mauricio Pochettino and is currently considering a transfer to another club.

Tommaso Baldanzi | Italy | Market value: €600,000

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Tommaso Baldanzi led FC Empoli’s U19 to the championship in the Primavera and is now part of the first team.

Marcelo Flores | Mexico | Market value: €600,000

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Mexiko, Canada or England: For now Marcelo Flores the talented midfielder has opted for Mexico’s U20 but it is expected that Flores will await a final decision as Canada remains in the mix to secure the services of the 18-year-old.

Ömer Beyaz | Turkey | Market value: €1 million

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In Ömer Beyaz another talented player found the way to the Bundesliga. The 18-year-old Turkish talent has joined VfB Stuttgart.

Patryck | Brazil | Market value: €1 million

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Louie Barry | England | Market value: €1 million

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Former Barça talent Louie Barry has made his debut for Aston Villa but is currently on loan at Ipswich Town.

Loizos Loizou | Cyprus | Market value: €1.5 million

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Loizos Loizou has already won his first title with Omonia Nicosia but a transfer to a bigger league has yet to materialize.

Hannibal Mejbri | Tunisia | Market value: €3m

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Hannibal Mejbri is the third player in the calendar to switch national teams. Previously with France, the Man United talent has since made the switch to Tunisia.

Luca Oyen | Belgium | Market value: €3m

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Luca Oyen continues to collect playing time with the first team but has struggled to show the sort of consistency he displayed last season.

Caden Clark | USA | Market value: €3.5 million

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Not surprising Caden Clark will join RB Leipzig this winter. This year the 18-year-old played his first full season with New York Red Bulls with whom he was eliminated in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson | Iceland | Market value: €4.5 million

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Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson has made the next step in his career and has joined FC Copenhagen.

Arsen Zakharyan | Russia | Market value: €9 million

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Arsen Zakharyan has developed into a top talent under head coach Sandro Schwarz at Dinamo Moscow and is one of the most important players at the club.

Yusuf Demir | Austria | Market value: €12 million

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Yusuf Demir has fulfilled his wish and joined FC Barcelona where he has already made his debut for the first team.

Considering his age, Faye still has plenty of room to improve, particularly when it comes to his technical and tactical abilities. “It is normal for a young player to be a bit raw in his decision-making,” Sadio said. “But playing time helps improve concentration and feel less under pressure and become more mature. I am certain that he will have a big impact over the coming years.”

Day 12 of the Transfermarkt talents calendar: Mikayil Faye

After several years at the Diambars-Institute, Faye has to ask himself whether it is time to take the next step in his career and leave his academy club. Last September, several sources suggested that he is one of the names that could make the path from Diambars to Canebière, Olympique Marseille’s training facility. But the consensus was that one has to be patient. “Right now, there is no indication that he will become an Olympique Marseille player next season,” Sadio said. “Nothing is signed, and there is no agreement between the three parties. But if he manages to follow Bamba Dieng’s path, who also made the jump from the cooperation partner to OM, then the French football world will see a defender with huge potential.”

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The most valuable players from Senegal

Sadio believes that Faye is among the young Senegalese players who will not need an in-between step to shine at one of the big leagues. Among those ready to make the next step is also Faye’s partner in defense, El Bachir Ngom. In the past, Bamba Dieng (Olympique Marseille), Pape Sarr (FC Metz/Tottenham), Dion Lopy (Stade Reims), Formose Mendy (Amiens SC), Youssouph Badji (Stade Brest/FC Brügge) and Aliou Balde (Feyenoord) managed to make the jump to Europe. “They are all young players that took no time in Europe to show that they are promising talents,” Sadio said. “The education in Senegal doesn’t need to hide from Europe.” 

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11 Shola Shoretire – Manchester United – Market value: €3m

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11 Vinicius Tobias – Internacional – Market value: €3m

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7 Andreas Schjelderup – FC Nordsjaelland – Market value: €5m

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7 Matheus Nascimento – Botafogo – Market value: €5m

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7 Giovani – Palmeiras – Market value: €5m

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7 Sávio – Atlético Mineiro – Market value: €5m

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6 Julio Enciso – Club Libertad – Market value: €5.5m

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5 Kaiky – Santos – Market value: €6m

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4 Ângelo Gabriel – Santos – Market value: €7m

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3 Mohamed-Ali Cho – Angers – Market value: €10m

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2 Youssoufa Moukoko – BVB – Market value: €18m

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1 Gavi – Barcelona – Market value: €25m

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The only downside? Faye did not make the squad for the first two games of Senegal’s Ligue 1, and that trend will likely continue against Guediawaye FC this weekend. Perhaps it is a measure to protect the 17-year-old and get him ready for a transfer to Europe? “It is difficult to say; neither Diambars nor Faye have said anything about it,” Sadio said. “But the boy is ready to become a big footballer, one of the best in his position.” 

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