Product of a talent factory

A graduate of one of the world's most renowned youth academies in Auxerre, 18-year-old Evan N'Dicka is now looking to make a name for himself in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt.

AJ Auxerre's youth development is second to none in France. The second-tier club have produced players such as Djibril Cissé, Bacary Sagna and Eric Cantona, not to mention current Eagles striker Sébastien Haller. N'Dicka is the latest youngster from the Auxerre talent school with hopes of a great career – and the next step on that journey will be Eintracht Frankfurt.

International experience

The French defender learned his football in his hometown of Paris, first with Antillais Paris 19 FC and then with Solitaires Paris. At the age of 13, he joined the Auxerre academy, where he progressed through every age group before making his professional debut for the club aged 17. Blessed with a cultured left foot, N'Dicka is a centre-back by trade but can also operate at left-back. He has represented France at every youth level from U16 to U20 and has already racked up 12 appearances in national colours.

Former coach excited

N'Dicka is not only a fine footballer – at 6'3", he's also the ideal height for a centre-back. He featured 12 times for Auxerre in Ligue 2 last season, and coach Francis Gillot predicts a bright future for his former protégé: "He has big potential. I said to him: 'If you listen well, you can have a great career.'"