Youssouf Sabaly comes of age
Born on 5th May 1993 in Chesnay, Youssouf Sabaly progressed through the ranks of the Paris Saint-Germain youth academy and turned professional in 2013. That summer he also earned a call-up to Pierre Mankowski's France U20 side, winning the World Cup alongside Paul Pogba, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Lucas Digne.
Having signed his first pro contract with Paris, Youssouf was loaned to Evian Thonon Gaillard to pick up more first-team experience. Youssouf played two full seasons with the Savoy-based side, making a total of 71 appearances in all competitions.
After returning to Paris in summer 2015, a last-minute deadline day deal saw him relocate to Nantes for another season-long loan. Once again Youssouf soon established himself as a first-team fixture, playing 30 matches for the Canaries.
Youssouf was brought in to strngthen the Bordeaux defence, but also to continue to develop and grow as a top-flight player. Despite his young age, he had already played three full seasons in Ligue 1 (93 matches, 2 goals).
Still on loan from PSG, Youssouf Sabaly had another strong season in 2016/2017 as Bordeaux's right back of choice. His speed and technical capabilities have been precious assets to the Girondins' counter-attacking raids, with Sabaly providing no fewer than 4 assists last year.