Sky Sports Scout - Nicolas Isimat-Mirin

We run the rule over French starlet Nicolas Isimat-Mirin

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Scout Facts:

NAME: Nicolas Isimat-Mirin
AGE: 21 (15th November, 1991)
BORN: Meudon, France
POSITION: Defender
CLUB: Valenciennes
FACTS: Graduate of the famed Clairefontaine academy

Sky Sports Scout Ratings:

0-10 - No hoper
11-20 - Should look elsewhere
21-30 - Might not make it
31-40 - Has work to do
41-50 - Keep an eye on him
51-60 - Great prospect
61-70 - On his way to the top
71-80 - Already World-class

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Latest under our scout's gaze is Valenciennes' Nicolas Isimat-Mirin

The scout reports...

Nicolas Isimat-Mirin is one of France's top young prospects, we check on the defender strongly tipped to move to England.

Isimat-Mirin began playing at a young age, and he joined his local side Roissy-en-Brie aged just nine. In 2003 he was picked up by the famed French national academy at Clairefontaine.

After graduating from Clairefontaine, he was signed by Rennes - who themselves are regarded to have one of the best youth sections in France.

But Isimat-Mirin did not settle well into life in Brittany and after just two years he was released aged 17. At this time in 2009, Valenciennes had just set up their own youth academy and they handed him a chance with them.

Isimat-Mirin grabbed his opportunity. In less than 12 months, the young defender found himself in the first-team squad of Philippe Montanier and he was making his debut in early 2010 in Ligue 1 against Bordeaux.

Not long after this, and now in the French youth set-up again featuring for the Under-20s, he was handed his first professional deal, penning a three-year contract. This was extended by a further year in late 2011.

Now little over three years after being released by Rennes, Isimat-Mirin is emerging as one of the most sought after young players in Europe.

The 21-year-old is being closely tracked by Liverpool and Newcastle, who are being tipped to make moves in January.

Isimat-Mirin is a classy performer, who is very much a modern footballer - an athlete to look at, he is an all-round player.

Good in the air, strong in the tackle and can pass the ball, he is rash and can be guilty of lapses in concentration, as many young players can but Isimat-Mirin is improving all the time which is no doubt what many clubs have picked up on.

Valenciennes are working hard to keep hold of him this month, but it remains to be seen whether they will be successful.

The scout says...

A very good defender, Isimat-Mirin is unlikely to represent a huge gamble to those interested.

A move in the next six months look highly likely, and from there it will be a case of seeing how he settles in a new environment having thrived at his current club since joining.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 6 out of 10

Passing: 7 out of 10

Tackling: 7 out of 10

Heading: 8 out of 10

Pace: 7 out of 10

Vision: 8 out of 10

Current ability: 8 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10


Current value: £8million

Potential value: £18million

Your opinion...

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