Rising Star: Marcus Thuram

Ligue 1 Conforama > ligue1show
05/11/2017

It's never easy following in your father's footsteps, especially if you are the son of one France’s 1998 World Cup-winning legends.

Despite the inevitable pressures, in his first season of top-flight football, Marcus Thuram - the son of Lilian - has wasted no time in making a name for himself.

The 20-year-old Thuram is a towering presence in Guingamp's front line. Capable of playing as both a wide forward and - with his 1.88m frame - as the target man, the France under-20 international adds great physicality to the Breton side.

"I try to make the most of every minute, I try to bring something extra to the team," Thuram told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN Sports.

Watch: Thuram scores his first Ligue 1 Conforama goal

His potential has long been there for all to see, but he found the net just once in 37 Ligue 2 appearances at former club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and some doubted his top-flight credentials. Yet, with two goals in his first five Ligue 1 Conforama starts, the Italy-born forward is showing himself capable of performing at the highest level. Coach Antoine Kombouaré, though, is keen to see more.

'More ruthless'

"He needs to be more ruthless. You are always going to ask for more from players with great potential, so I want more from him, and I expect more. He needs to keep working hard because he has bags of potential and he can become our match-winner," Kombouaré says.

But while Kombouaré works on the young striker's development, analysing performances will be a family business.

Watch: Thuram nets against Toulouse

"He tries to be as honest as possible and tells me what I can improve on, to accelerate my progression," Thuram says of the input from his father, who won a record 142 caps for France and played in the sides that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. Now 45, Thuram senior also enjoyed a glittering club career with AS Monaco, Parma, Juventus and Barcelona.

"I look for him when we take to the pitch, and then once I've found him I don't anymore, I don't really notice during the game. When I was younger I would glance at him from time to time but now there are too many people to find him."

>> PLAYER PROFILE: Marcus Thuram








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