There are few sights in football that evoke nostalgia quite like some of football’s most recognisable names reappearing on teamsheets across Europe. Justin Kluivert, Federico Chiesa, Enzo Zidane, Timothy Weah, Giovanni Simeone, Ianis Hagi, Devante Cole and Daniel Maldini are all following in their fathers’ footsteps, and Marcus Thuram – son of 142-cap France international Lilian – is showing signs that he could be one of the best of the next generation.
Thuram junior attracts extra attention – and with it, expectation – thanks to his family name, but his position as one of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s most important players has nothing to do with his father. He is playing a key role in his side’s challenge for Champions League qualification, and manager Marco Rose is well aware of both the 22-year-old’s strengths and his potential. “Marcus is a footballer who benefits greatly from his physique and stature,” Rose said. “Nevertheless, he’s also a fine technician who can always deal with situations in tight spaces. I believe that Marcus is far from the end of his development. There’s a lot more to come from him.”