“Our talented titis”: Stanley N’Soki
In this first episode of the series “Our talented titis”, we will be focusing on Stanley N’Soki. A gem among his generation, he has just signed his first professional contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
Stanley N’Soki began his career at US Roissy-en-Brie before joining PSG, where he has been playing since 2012. The Franco-Congolese player took part in the victory of the PSG U19 title in 2016. He also participated in the club’s Youth League campaigns in 2015-2016, but especially in 2017-2018 where he played all 7 games as a starter wearing the captain’s armband on 3 occasions. He is crowned 2018 French champion with the first team after having made his professional debut against Caen on December 20.
Stanley N’Soki plays mainly as a centre-back Versatile, his capacity to go forward also allows him to play on the left. With a good vision of the game, he has developed a great sense of anticipation that he shows through his natural athletic qualities. Effective in aerial play and aggressive in his tackles, his handling of one-on-ones and the ability to play from the back is already very positive. Finally, he has a solid range of technical skills essential to his position, as shown by his 91% pass accuracy against Angers.
Stanley N’Soki is one of the big winners of PSG’s preseason. Especially visible during the summer tour in Asia, he gave two key assists in the Trophée des Champions final against Monaco, the titi caught Thomas Tuchel’s eye. Keenly interested in his profile which is in line with his tactical requirements, the German coach played the leading role in signing his first professional contract with the club. Doubts about Layvin Kurzawa’s unavailability could allow the “titi” to establish himself in the mid-term future as Juan Bernat’s backup on the left flank. A challenge and a step that seems to be in line with Stanley N’Soki’s potential.
“Stanley has an above-average intellectual level and analytical ability. He is a very intelligent boy with a strong character. I remember an anecdote from a U17 tournament in Qatar. He had completely crashed out of his semi-final after a minor altercation with a teammate. We then decided not to field him in the final. He has a tendency to be stubborn, which can be a limit at the highest level.
But what a player! On the impact and in terms of power. In the Youth League, for example… I remain convinced that if Stanley doesn’t get injured, we would’ve beaten Barca. He showed a remarkable ease in this competition compared to boys of the same age. He has the potential to establish himself at the club in the years to come. Playing on the left can’t hurt him. He needs to adapt tactically to other situations. Nevertheless, he will make the most of his potential as a left-sided centre-back. I am not surprised to see him there today, he is ready for the highest level.”