Etienne Capoue


Date of Birth:- 11 July 1988.

Nationality:- French.

Height:- 6 ft 2 in.

Position:- Defensive midfielder.

Club History:- Toulouse.

Linked With:- Arsenal.

- Barcelona.

- Lazio.

- Liverpool.

Estimated Market Value:- 10 million.

Club career:-

-Capoue began his club career with Toulouse in 2006 playing on the club's under-18 team.

-Midway through the 2007/2008 season, Capoue was called up to the senior team by manager Alain Casanova. On 8 December 2007, he made his professional debut appearing as a substitute in a 1-0 victory over Lille.

-The following week, Capoue made his first professional start against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes. Toulouse won the match 2-1 with Capoue playing 71 minutes

-On 19 December, Capoue made his European debut in the team's final group stage match against Russian club Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Cup. Toulouse won the match 2-1.

-On 7 February 2008, Capoue, along with teammate Cheikh M'Bengue, signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal until 2011.

-On 18 October 2008, Capoue scored his first professional goal against Bordeaux in a 2-1 defeat.

- He was nominated for the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award and awarded a contract extension until 2013 by his club.

International career:-

-Capoue has been active with France on the youth level. He has received caps with the under-18 and under-19 teams.

- He finished the under-18 campaign with four appearances.

-He made his debut with the under-19 team at the 2006 edition of the Sendai Cup in Japan in the opening match against the Tohoku region national team.

-Capoue finished the under-19 campaign with 13 appearances and three goals.

-Capoue made his under-21 debut on 19 November 2008 against Denmark in a 1-0 victory.

- he captained the team in a 1-1 draw. Capoue remained the team's first-choice captain until the 2009 Toulon Tournament when he rescinded the captaincy to Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho and became a vice-captain alongside Toulouse compatriot Moussa Sissoko.

Club Statistics:-

2007/2008 season- 6 appearances 0 goals.

2008/2009 season- 36 appearances 1 goal.

2009/2010 season- 41 appearances 0 goals.

2010/2011 season- 39 appearances 2 goals.

2011/2012 season- 29 appearances 3 goals.

international statistics:-

U18 2006 -4 appearances 0 goals.

U19 2006/2007 -14 appearances 3 goals.

U21 2008/2010 -12 appearances 0 goals.

General Comments:-

Capoue is a defensive midfielder that is very strong and loves a good tackle. His job in his team is to break the play up (stop opposition attacks) and to start attacks for his own team. Is he good at this? from what Ive seen he is, he's a very powerful player. He reminds me of a young Michael Essien (not as good though) a powerhouse in the midfield. what league should he play in? well i think he would do very well in England, he seems to have the right physical quality's for the league but then again I'm sure he could do equally well in Italy. I expect him to move to the premier league I'm not sure when or with what club but i expect him to. move.

Summary of Capoue:-

Strengths- Strong, powerful, height, engine and he has a great defensive mind.

Weaknesses- going forward (not really there to do that though) and sometimes seems like a passenger in games.