On 18th August 2019, Rennes defeated the mega-rich champions of France, PSG by a scoreline of 2-1, thanks to goals from Mbaye Niang and Romain Del Castillo. But the headlines were all about a certain wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga, who at the age of 16 produced a match-winning display for his side. Join us along to find out more about Eduardo Camavinga:
Eduardo Camavinga was born in Angola on 10th November 2002 and made a move to France along with his parents at the age of two. He currently holds Congolese citizenship but according to French outlet L’equipe, he is in the process of acquiring French citizenship. Playing as a central midfielder for Rennes, he is widely touted as one of the most promising young prospects in the world.
Eduardo Camavinga started his footballing journey at the age of six when he joined his local side AGL-Drapeau Fougeres in Brittany. This club was one of the partners for the Rennes academy and Les Rennais didn’t waste any time to snap him up. His qualities were quite obvious even at a very young age and it helped him to progress at the start of his career. Camavinga joined the Rennes Academy at the age of eleven and had already signed his first professional contract at the age of sixteen. He made his debut for Rennes against Angers on April 2019.
Eduardo Camavinga is a modern box-to-box midfielder. However, he is currently plays in the defensive midfield role for Rennes. The combination of energy, mobility, tenacity, and skills makes him a deadly proposition for the future. Although he still has a lot of years ahead of him to progress and makes a real mark for himself, his maturity and performances defy his age. He is already capable of bossing the midfield as he showed against Montpellier in the opening game of the 2019/20 Ligue 1 season.
Some of the obvious qualities of Eduardo Camavinga were on show in the opening games of the 2019/20 Ligue 1 season. In the game against Montpellier, Camavinga took the game by the scruff of the neck after being reduced to 10 men. He constantly put challenges and helped in breaking up the play. His energy is emphatic and he can run up and down the pitch for 90 minutes. He can progress the ball forward through brilliant line-breaking passes. Similarly, he is also capable of carrying the ball at his feet and moving up the field in that way. Camavinga provides a constant threat to the attackers by being a nuisance. Eduardo Camavinga is skinny and it is understandable for a player of his age whose muscles are yet to be developed completely. This makes it easier for opposition players sometimes, who can barge him off the ball.
Rennes have a history of producing some excellent young players with Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele being the latest high profile player to come out of the prestigious academy. Eduardo Camavinga is currently the best prospect of Rennes and it is no surprise that a whole host of European giants are circling around him. Arsenal and PSG are the sides having the most interest in the young midfielder. If he continues on the same trajectory on then it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if even more clubs became interested