Warren Zaire-Emery, youngest starter in Champions League for PSG
Turns out young PSG titi Warren Zaire-Emery doesn't know how to stop getting into the Parisian history books getting record after record. On Tuesday, thanks to coach Galtier's selection, WZE became the youngest player in the history of PSG to start in the Champions League.
Still 16 years and 343 days old (he turns 17 next March 8th), Zaire-Emery became the youngest starter in a Champions League game for PSG. WZE had already made his UCL debut back in October when he came off the bench against Maccabi Haifa in the group stage.
This new record adds to multiple others Zaire-Emery has collected through the first part of the 2022-23 campaign. He set marks for the youngest starter in PSG history (in the Coupe de France), then became the youngest starter for PSG in the Ligue 1, and ultimately he entered the history books of PSG as the youngest goalscorer for PSG.
Warren Zaire-Emery is the face of the new crop of PSG academy players
Since Luis Campos and Christophe Galtier took charge of PSG last summer, the club decided to take on a new approach based more in developing talents rather than buying them.
Multiple academy players (titis) have featured prominently for PSG this season, including Zaire-Emery.
Three other teenagers still to turn 19 years old have played in at least one game this season: El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Ilyes Housni, and Ismael Gharbi. A fourth one, Ayman Kari, was part of the first-team squad multiple times but ultimately failed to make his debut and got loaned out to Lorient in the January transfer window.
While still boasting the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Leo Messi, the truth is that PSG is truly entering a new phase of their QSI-led project under the new voices at the helm of the club with the objective of using more and more in-house-developed players each passing season.
Here's hoping Zaire-Emery and the rest of the titis can keep it up and play many more games and minutes at PSG instead of getting sold early without having a real shot at showcasing his talents!