Maxence Caqueret - O. Lyon : Scouting Report
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There is a young kid on the block at Lyon. Nothing new over the last few years. Caqueret joined OL’s academy when he was 11 and went from strength to strength through the ranks, quickly becoming an integral part of France’s youth teams where he would often wear the armband. He began his journey to the first team in 2016/17, where he was promoted to the reserves and began training with the first team at just 18 years old in 2018.

Maxence Caqueret is a versatile midfielder who can play in a double pivot or as an 8 in a 4-3-3 formation. If needed, he can even slot in as a wide midfielder in a diamond or play further up as a number 10. However, his best position is playing as a defensive midfielder to break up the play. That can be notably seen in last season’s Champions League when Lyon were successful against Juventus and Manchester City in the knockout rounds. He wins the ball most in the middle of the pitch, with more than 50% of his defensive actions being in that third, however, he often presses high into the final third as well and often disrupts the opposing team when they’re building up. This is a proof of his footballing intelligence. He understands when he has the license to press high and when he should sit into the settled shape.

There are also plenty of progressive actions in possession, reinforcing the vision and passing on show when watching him play. Caqueret can execute a wide range of passes, especially with his stronger right foot, from ranging cross-field switches of play, to pinpoint low balls through opposition lines.

Caqueret’s futsal playing background assists him in taking quicker decisions and also helps him get past tight corners. This is also the reason he likes to dribble the ball more in his half. His effectiveness in and out of possession means he is a player who is regularly involved in the action. This also shows his willingness to take responsibility. He’s someone who is unafraid to put themselves forward even if this boldness may lead to the occasional mistake.

As a teenager, Caqueret regularly wore the captain’s armband throughout the age groups — another indication of his strong mentality and ability to drive a team on through his actions, words, and application on the pitch.

I think he thrives in a three-man midfield the most and his qualities are really brought to light in that way. To achieve the greatest balance in the midfield as well as maximise Caqueret’s effectiveness in the team he should play with a holding midfielder who can sit in the middle of the field and next to him he should play with an attacking 8 who can also form a pivot out of possession. This allows the team to settle into a compact shape and simultaneously allows Caqueret to disrupt the opposition's build-up and shape without the fear of unbalancing the midfield. It also allows for a greater degree of flexibility, as Caqueret is also very good at sitting back and defending certain zones which can allow the team to become even more compact in defence.

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