Country: France/Ivory Coast
Date of birth: 25/05/1995 (18 years old)
Place of birth: San-Pedro (Ivory Coast)
Club career: RC Lens
Squad number: 25
Current national team: France U-19
Position: center back, right back
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 1,250,000 €
Contract until: 30.06.2016
Similar type of player: Chris Smalling
– aerial duels
Style of play:
– ball playing center back
– likes to play the ball out of the defence
– indirect set-piece threat
– likes to maraud forward
He is best suited to playing as:
Center back in 4-2-3-1.
European Under-19 Championship 2013 runner-up with France.
Ligue 2 2012/2013: 2 matches/0 goals (RC Lens)
Ligue 2 2013/2014 (ongoing): 18 matches/2 goals (RC Lens)
Jean-Philippe comes from RC Lens. Since his early years he has been impressive for the youth teams, and has also captained the U-17 squad. He made his first team debut during the 2012/2013 season, on 10th May 2013 in a league fixture against Guingamp. His natural position is in the centre of defence, but this season he has played as a right back and played there very well. Now due to that he is a starting player in the Les Sang et Or team. He’s been a member of the French squad that went to the UEFA Euro U-19 Championship in Lithuania, where Les Bleues went all the way to the final, but lost to Serbia. Jean-Philippe was not a first XI player, however, and only played in 3 games from the bench. It is worth of note that top European teams like Arsenal, Liverpool, Lyon or PSG are interested in him.
“Now I want to win a regular place in the team! I really want to fully participate in the project of return in Ligue 1.”
(Jean-Philippe Gbamin – after signing his first professional contract)
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
First team material in a top European club.