By Scott Taylor
Houssem Aouar is the latest youngster to be targeted by Premier League side Liverpool, according to reports in France. Aouar, 17, is yet to sign a professional contract with Lyon due to his age, but the club can offer him a new deal on 30 June, his 18th birthday. The Ligue 1 side face an anxious wait to see if he does agree personal terms, which has alerted Liverpool and Arsenal amongst several clubs.
Aouar is yet to make a first-team appearance for Lyon, but has earned praise from the club’s recruitment chief Gerard Bonneau, who hints at the youngster’s skill and technical ability.
He told: “Houssem has a good vision that allows him too see quickly. He can use both feet, can speed up the game and can also keep the ball at his feet when necessary and has the ability in one-on-one situations.”
Aouar is predominantly an attacking midfielder, but can play as a second striker and does have an eye for goal. His vision allows him to read the game situation well, and according to Bonneau, he is capable of threading the final pass.
Aouar made five appearances for Lyon’s U19 side in the UEFA Youth League last season, providing one assist. Lyon are confident in keeping the starlet, but President Jean-Michel Aulas has accepted that the player’s decision is final.
Liverpool’s U21s will be looking to add to their midfield, after Will Marsh and Alex O’Hanlon were released at the end of last season.