The name is Aymen Abdennour was relatively unknown outside of Ligue 1 before this season’s Champions League. After helping to eliminate Arsenal, he was linked by The Express with a move to Tottenham Hotspur but, after his superb display against Juventus on Tuesday, his stock has never been higher.
French newspaper L’Equipe gave him an impressive eight out of ten and despite signing a new contact until 2019 this season, it will be a long summer for AS Monaco as they try and hold on to their Tunisian centre-back.
Any ball that was played in the air towards Alvaro Morata was moped up by Abdennour, with very little getting past the defender. It was a confident, dominant display, and one which will have caught the eye of a few on-looking teams.
No matter how much football has evolved, there's still something fantastic about old school centre-backs like Abdennour who dominate.— Brendán (@IsMiseBrendan) April 14, 2015
Napoli & Inter scouted Abdennour during Juventus-Monaco http://t.co/JZ37W4EWTK— David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) April 14, 2015
Abdennour and Kondogbia have been superb this evening. Absolute class.— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) April 14, 2015
His style is very much suited to the Premier League. He is big and strong, with the pace to cope with most strikers. He is still developing and could grow to become one of the best defenders around in another 12 months or so.
If Monaco can hold on to him, they have a solid rock to build their team around, but if large bids come in, it may be too much to ask for them to turn them down.