Caen may have a “golden generation” with their U19 team. However, not every French team utilizes youth the same way. One of those up-and-coming players is 18-year-old striker Norman Bassette. The Belgian youth international was more hopeful about earning his playing time for the senior team a few weeks ago stating,
“I have to be patient, it’s not me who does the composition. I work and I give everything to please Stéphane Moulin, to have as many minutes as possible, and to play in the Ornano (Stade Michel d’Ornano). And if I have to go through the reserve to play in Ligue 2, I do.”
However, the Belgian striker’s efforts to find time with the first team have been largely unsuccessful and he seems to be running out of patience. The 18-year-old has only 4 appearances in Ligue 2 this season totaling 34 minutes played. Yet, he has been able to showcase his talents with the reserves and Caen’s U19s scoring 8 goals in 10 matches.
Stéphane Moulin seems to have the former Gambardella Cup finalist as the fourth choice behind Alexandre Mendy, Benjamin Jeannot, and Samuel Essende. According to Foot Mercato this could lead the young Belgian striker to request a move early as this January. It was also reported that he was a target of Rennes last summer as a replacement for Mathys Tel.
GFFN | Tony DesRois