Position: Winger/Attacking Midfielder
Date of Birth: April 29th 1992
Place of Birth: Paris, France
Previous Club(s): Paris Saint-Germain
In the last few years, Portsmouth have made a concerted effort to expand their Academy set-up, spending considerable money on facilities and players to earn Premier League Academy status, and become competitive. To their end, they’re doing a fine job, and in the summer of 2008 raided France, and one of the most productive academies in the country, to take Gael N’Lundulu from Paris Saint-Germain.
The primary factor behind the move appears to be that the South coast team offered Gael more money than PSG, but the player insisted that had his former club tried harder to keep him, he would have stayed. In any event, it’s water under the bridge, and Portsmouth were able to add an attacking midfielder who is highly-rated at home, has international recognition, and wonderfully skilled.
He’s quite tall, and has a muscular build, but he lets his feet do the talking. He has a locker full of tricks and flicks and can dribble at pace with the ball seemingly stuck to his foot. He still has to learn when the pass is the better choice instead of losing the ball when running, but when he has the ability to do what he can do, it’s hard to discourage. Already progressing rapidly, he’s doing well early on in the UK.
Gael has already moved into the Portsmouth Reserve team, impressing suitably at Under-18 level. He continues to represent Les Bleus on international duties, and should aim to consolidate a regular Reserve team place.