RC Strasbourg Alsace have remained in ligue 1 for three consecutive years after qualifying for the top flight. Mohamed Simakan is one talent they have produced in a while now that seems to break out into a glorious future. At 19 years of age, he looks very promising as a defender.  

Player profile | Mohamed Simakan  

Date of birth (Age): may 3rd, 2000 (19) 

Place of birth: Marseille  

Nationality: France 

Height: 187cm 

Position: Right back/Centre-back 

Preferred foot: Right 

Current Club: RC Strasbourg Alsace 

Contract expires: 30.06.2021 

Who is Mohamed Simakan? 

Mohamed Simakan at the age of 19 the good surprise of the season in the French football competition; especially at RC Strasbourg Alsace. He has started 17 times this season with the Alsatians (13 in Ligue Europa and four in Ligue 1). The player whose main ability is to foster movement in the attack comes back from a long way. He watches his surroundings and knows how to tackle; His strength and pace combined together allows him boss the game. As a sporadic player in the French league this season and also playing beyond expectations, he’ll get bids soon from big clubs in the top European leagues. 

What are Mohamed Simakan’s strengths? 

He has athletic qualities just like those of Varane and Laporte. Mohamed showed from the outset a great maturity and an impressive “perimeter of destruction” of enemy offensives. He started with an amateur license in less than 19 years and signed an intern contract in January 2018 and then a pro contract (the current one running until June 2021) four months later. Mohamed Simakan has good decision making, and coupled with his leading abilities, he’s a good team motivator at any given situation. Simakan also runs defenders down with his quick body movement and pace, leaving his attackers with less to do. He is an important team player and a perfect full back every team needs. 

What are Mohamed Simakan’s weaknesses? 

Full backs like Kylie Walker and Antonio Valencia are blessed with long range shots. Mohamed seems to lack these two abilities among the few. Although most full backs are blessed with their defending prowess and ball crossing, Simikan cannot be criticized for lack of these qualities. He also lacks vision as a team player; He doesn’t find his teammates easily when he is under high pressure from his opponents.   The young man of Guinean origin, admits to having had passages where he thought his luck had passed, but his family helped him. Including his brother, a certain… Ismaël Bangoura, former forward of Le Mans (2005-2007), Rennes (09-10). 

He is quite young and with time he can improve in his abilities and also, in the future, he will get call ups from his senior national team. He will also be hoping for greener pastures when he receives bids from well-known clubs. 

Mohamed Simakan’s Stats Analysis: 

Current season (19/20)  

Mohamed Simakan has appeared in 19 out of 24 matches; whilst starting 17 times out of those 19. At just 19-years-of-age, he is a huge asset for RC Strasbourg’s line-up. We did not see any action from Simakan last season, as he was working his way up the ranks at Strasbourg B. However, he got going instantly with the first team this season, after penning his full-time professional contract with the senior team in the summer of 2019. 

More on Current Season:

Overall, Simakan is having a mega debut season in ligue 1. Considering he is still 19-years of age! This will be one season to remember for Mohamed. We are sure that we will be hearing about this very young yet mature talent.  

General Career Analysis 

For us, Mohamed Simakan has all the right ingredients to become a star in the future. We love his story as he flew under the radar in his youths, yet, he was overperforming in all the categories he was put in. He went from Air Bel U-19 (16 years) to Strasbourg B (17-18 years) to Strasbourg’s first team (19-years) in 3 years. 

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That is one mega jump considering that all this happened in a few years; further endorsing his sheer talent.  He gained a lot of good exposure with Strasbourg B, however he did not stay long as he showed that he is of another caliber.   

Transfer Analysis 

  • 17/18: Moved from Air Bel U-19 to Strasbourg B 
  • 19/20: Moved from Strasbourg B to Strasbourg 

Potential – Our view + Our predicted outcome 

Our View 

We definitely believe that Mohamed Simakan already shows that he is a star. Yes, it is true that it might a bit too early to judge, however, Mohamed Simakan delivers bags of potential. Through our experience, we hand pick players which we think they are an absolute gem and an interesting individual to follow. So, to follow up with, we believe that he is a very determined individual and he breaths a lot of promise. He’s already made 19 appearances with RC Strasbourg Alsace which were impressive to say the least. 

More on Our View:

We cannot stress enough that, yes, it might be a little bit too early to deliver a definitive answer (if he will become a mega star), however, he has got all the right traits, characteristics, movement etc. He reacted very well to the senior team exposure and did not affect him negatively at all; thus, showing that Mohamed Simakan welcomes pressure as he is not intimidated by it. 

Predicted outcome 

As discussed, we believe that Mohamed Simakan is a jewel. Where does this leave him? Will Mohamed Simakan stay at RC Strasbourg Alsace? 

Future move – According to Performing Season – Realistic or Dream move. 

IMP NOTE: Market value goes hand in hand with the racked-up appearances on the field. 

Market Value – Forecasted Analysis 

In curtesy of the platform “transfermarkt”, Mohamed Simakan is currently evaluated at 2.5 mil as per on this date 16/12/2019 as of writing this analysis. We believe that he will go up to 6 million in the next market update. If by the end of 19/20 season he manages to rack up to 34 appearances (but very importantly – he must rack up the minutes), he would go up to 12-15 million in value (it depends if he moves).  

we will analyse how the value would react, according to the season. 

Good Season (approx. 21 appearances out of approx. 34): Value would go up to around 6 mil. 

Very Good Season (all or nearly all the approx. 34 Matches): Value would go up to around 12-15 mil. 

Potential move

We believe that for the 20/21 season, Mohamed Simakan, will be moving from RC Strasbourg Alsace. We Shall be analysing how and why. Furthermore, who are the potential candidates to acquire this talent called Mohamed Simakan? 

So, if he would have an: (19/20 season) 

Good Season (approx. 20 appearances out of approx. 34): 

  • A Move to Germany with Schalke 
  • A Move to France with SCO Angers 

Very Good Season (all or nearly all the approx. 34 Matches) 

  • A Move to Borussia Dortmund or RB Leipzig  
  • Staying in France but moving with OL Lyon or Monaco 
  • A Move to England Leicester City 
  • A Move to Spain with Valencia, Seville or Villarreal 

Our Prediction would be that he shall be having a very good season and he will be playing for Monaco next season. 

Summary – Our professional opinion 

We believe that Mohamed Simakan is a mega player, definitely one for future. A really mature head at such a young age; he has all the right movements, all the right attributes, he is personally one of my favourite top players this season 19/20. Yes, it is true he is still young, but his instinct in defending and positioning as a full-back/Centre-back makes him a definite 1st 11 pick. He is a joy to watch.  

Having said that, Mohamed Simakan is developing at a very fast rate. Keep a close eye on the young Mohamed Simakan, we are 100% sure he will be getting a u/21 national team call-up fairly soon, whilst racking up the valuable experience with his club. All eyes on Mohamed Simakan. If you’ll ever read this Mohamed, be sure that we are your fans. Keep pushing!