William Saliba’s impressive form for Marseille has earned him a nomination for for Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year.
Sent to the Stade Velodrome to gain more senior experience, the 21-year-old has featured a whopping 49 times this season under coach Jorge Sampaoli.
For context, that works out at 13 and a half matches (1,217 minutes) more than Ben White who leads the way for minutes at Arsenal this campaign.
As things stand, Marseille are second in the league and are still in the mix for a place in the inaugural Europa Conference League final.
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While Saliba castigated himself for a drop in form at the turn of the year, he was still promoted from the France under-21 set-up and made his senior debut in March.
As things stand, the youngster is expected back at London Colney in the summer and should, all going well, make his long-awaited Arsenal debut. He’s already warned that he won’t accept being a benchwarmer.
Signed for £27 million in 2019, Saliba has had a curious time of things as a Gunner. His spell with Marseille represents his third loan – he was previously with former club Saint-Etienne and more recently Nice – and he’s also had to endure a frustrating stint on the sidelines when he wasn’t registered by Mikel Arteta for any senior action.
Saliba’s nomination for the ‘Meilleur Espoir’ award comes alongside Arnaud Kalimuendo (Lens), Castello Lukeba (Lyon), Nuno Mendes (PSG) and Khephren Thuram (Nice).