The name of Monaco may not herald to you exulting transfer prices, but efforts put up by it in the fields despite its struggled evolution would instigate your hands for a clap. The statistics read an enticing set of 59 points with 76 goals, as the team topping the Ligue 1. And it is going to fight with PSG for Ligue 1 title this season.
Monaco’s recent decision to focus finance on academy
Travelling back in 2014, we can recall how the club decided to abate its expenditure on inviting transfers following the £140m deal and opting instead to spend on cultivation and elevation in the talents of the academy. And this radical endeavour didn’t turn up futile and the club can be now seen ascending the slopes of success.
The club: Present Scene
If we cast a look on the team composition, we realise there are no extraordinary, superstars in the place. The ones who show up first in the head are newly famed Kylian Mbappe and Valerie Germain. However, they have a name since long in the academy.
Monaco and PSG, who joined being contenders just recently, has not exchanged many players in the realm of transfers. But Bertrand Reuzeau, one of the most revered French coaches had made a move to the Monaco from PSG to gain the post of director for the academy, last summer after devoting 11 years in PSG. And he opens up appreciably for Monaco, “Everything here already worked well before my arrival.” This is really significant in the light of Monaco’s battling history.
History of Monaco: How it has evolved
The Principality of Monaco, with a handful of people, had scarcely displayed an interest in the club. And consequently, Stade Louis II could be hardly witnessed even half-filled. And this poor attendance stripped off the club adequate finances required to bring it up.
Yet another struggle was to pick up the players. Due to the absence of local population in the Principality dominated by expats, they faced problems players enrolling in their academy.
“There are not enough kids playing football in the area, so we do not have grassroots teams from under-nine upwards like elsewhere.” -Reuzeau tells.
They could not admit players younger than 14 years of age outside their natives and they had to explore for talents in the developed youngsters. But they have learnt to cope up in the years, as the director explains, “We only have to show them statistics of French players who left early to go to England, that generally does the trick.“
The club has a set of principles and ideologies cemented at a place, regardless of come’s and go’s of presidents, managers and players.
“When we speak to top talents they believe in our project because of the youth that is visible across the first team.” -Reuzeau says.