Who is Edouard Michut? PSG starlet highly valued by the club
Michut joined PSG in the summer of 2016 from Versailles and despite only making seven first team appearances so far, the youngster has the mentality to buck the trend of departing youth prospects in Paris.
Paris Saint Germain are very much a financial giant in World football that’s starting eleven looks like most people’s FUT drafts. However, their failed fixation of winning the Champions League through a ‘Galactico’ style recruitment policy has left pundits and fans alike accusing the Parisians of lacking the true soul a team needs to be successful, with the pathway for young players coming through virtually impossible to navigate. A swathe of top class youngsters have left the club’s youth ranks over the last decade, going on to thrive elsewhere with examples being Christopher Nkunku, Moussa Diaby, Matteo Guendouzi and the most painful of all Kingsley Coman, who ironically scored the winner against PSG in the Champions League final back in 2020.
Despite this, the club are still producing top quality talent, and one player who has decided to try and buck the trend in Paris is 19-year-old attacking midfielder Edouard Michut.
Born in Aix-Les-Bains, the right footed creator began to attract attention from Europe’s elite with his deal expiring in 2020. Michut earned comparisons with first-team playmaker Marco Verratti, with his diminutive size, low centre of gravity and passing ability synonymous with the Italian international’s style. Barcelona were particularly keen to swoop in for Michut, having not just lost Neymar to the Parisians, but also two of their best youth prospects in Xavi Simons and Kays Ruiz-Atil (Atil is now back at the club). Manchester City also tried to sign Michut on several occasions, with Pep Guardiola a huge admirer of the teen.
However, after working his way through the youth ranks, Michut decided to remain at PSG and signed his first professional contract on the 23rd of July 2020. It took him until February 2021, but the midfielder did eventually make his debut off the Bench in a 4-0 win over Dijon. it was expected from here that Michut, along with the likes of Simons would become permanent fixtures in the first-team squad for the 21/22 campaign, especially when new boss Mauricio Pochettino involved the youngster in pre-season against Sevilla. But instead, the youngsters headed back to the under-19s where they were told they’d have to wait another season before making it in PSG’s star-studded squad.
Despite the setback and one year left on his deal, Michut once again decided to reject the returning Barcelona and Manchester City by extending his deal until 2025, sharing the news in this post with his 370,000 followers. It’s been a season of real progress for Michut, with the youngster scoring twice in UEFA Youth league clashes against Leipzig and Salzburg and went on to make his competitive French U-19 debut against Albania in November and going on to feature in every qualifier since.
Michut’s rise earned him his first league appearance of the season under Pochettino in January, coming on for Ander Herrera in a 1-1 draw with Lyon. In the 76th minute, Michut provided his first career assist for Thilo Kehrer‘s goal, becoming the youngest player to contribute an assist for PSG since Kylian Mbappe against Dijon in 2017.
However, Michut only made six appearances in all competitions with the first team in 21/22 and it is questionable as to why the club wouldn’t let him leave on loan to a lower tier French side to gain experience. Perhaps it’s because they rate him so highly and don’t want to realise the grass is greener like so many of their previous prospects. Sporting co-ordinator and former star Yohan Cabaye previously stated how important Michut is to PSG’s squad:
“Edouard Michut is an important player for the club and this is not just talk.”
“He is a player trained at the club. He is a Parisian. He was disappointed when he went down to the U19s, which is understandable, but there is no problem.”
Learning from good and bad situations all the time, Michut’s elite mentality to stay and fight in Paris should benefit him in an idealistic World. He has great ability and a willingness to work which is why so many of Europe’s elite are monitoring his situation to this day. If there is anyone who can be an anomaly and make the grade at Paris, it’s Michut. Whether or not PSG can offer him the best pathway remains to be seen.
For highlights of Michut’s performances click here.