Lucas Tousart has played in the same team as one FIFA World Cup winner in former Lyon teammate Corentin Tolisso - and he could yet play under one in Hertha Berlin interim coach Jürgen Klinsmann.
bundesliga.com profiles the young Lyon midfielder, who will officially make the switch to Hertha in the summer...
Club: Hertha Berlin (as of summer 2020)
Position: Central midfielder
Country: France (22 U21 caps)
Tousart has been on the Lyon books since August 2015, but made his professional debut in Valenciennes colours during the second half of 2014/15. The 6'0" right-footer made 18 starts in Ligue 2, as well as one in the Coupe de France, propping up a side that only narrowly avoided relegation to France's third tier. In his early days at Lyon, the Arras native donned the captain's armband in a couple of UEFA Youth League games en route to the competition's round of 16, before earning a handful of senior league, cup and European appearances. After helping France's U19s lift the UEFA Euro U19s title in summer 2016, he locked down regular first-team status at club level, scoring his maiden goal in the early rounds of the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League.
Les Gones reached the semi-finals that year, losing out to Ajax - just as Tousart had done for the U19s two years earlier. In over 150 competitive outings for Lyon, the tenacious France U21 international has registered five goals and six assists, and been sent off just once. He averages 84 per cent for pass completion and three challenges won per game, while his overall FIFA 20 rating is a solid 78, with a potential of 81.
Plays a bit like: Javi Martinez
While Tousart can do the whole deep-lying playmaker thing, Hertha's new man is much more of a no-nonsense battering ram - uncompromising in the tackle, strong aerially and with a razor-sharp short-passing game - in the Javi Martinez mold.
Did you know?
Tousart's breakout season with the Lyon first team was actually Tolisso's last. The pair played together in over 20 competitive matches, before Tolisso shipped out to Bayern Munich in summer 2017, getting his hands on the Bundesliga title and 2018 FIFA World Cup 12 months later. Omens...
What they're saying
"It's great news for us that Lucas will be with us until the end of the season. He's a very talented player." - Lyon coach Rudi Garcia
"In Lucas we're getting a player from a Champions League club who's young but already has experience on the European stage. His qualities will strengthen our midfield in the coming season" - Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz