D.O.B: 21 June 1992
Place of Birth: Dakar, Senegal
Height: 1.77m (5ft 9.5")
Position: Attacking Midfielder / Forward
Previous Clubs: Marseille, Udinese, Lumezzane, Juve Stabia, Torres.
Date Joined Parma: September 2015
Yves Baraye has been one of the brightest sparks so far in Parma Calcio 1913's debut season. The young Senegalese forward burst onto the scene in match day three, Baraye would take just two minutes to open his Parma account as he began the 5-0 demolition of Fortis Juventus as well as finish it with goal just after the hour mark to wrap up a memorable debut.
Baraye began his football career as an eight year old when he was snapped up by Marseille, he would spend nine years with the French outfit before finding his way to Italy in 2009. The promising 17 year old would end up in Udine, where he spent two years in the Udinese youth system. Since his stint with the Serie A outfit Baraye has found himself at three different clubs in four years, plying his trade in Italy's lower divisions most notably with Lumezzane where he racked up over 60 appearances in two years, followed by brief spells at Juve Stabia and Torres respectively, it looks like Baraye has now finally found a home at the Tardini with the Parma faithful instantly taking their new goal machine to their hearts.
So far this season Baraye has found the net eight times, helping fire Parma six points clear at the top of the table. Playing through the middle of a front three or supporting the main striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Baraye's highlight so far this season is undoubtedly the spectacular match day six hat trick at the Tardini in front of his adoring fans, Baraye showed all his attributes, opening the scoring on the 20 minute mark showing his natural finishing ability as he calmly slid the ball past the on rushing goalkeeper. His second was an early goal of the season contender as his 25 yard thunder bolt flew into the top corner a goal well worthy of Serie A, his power and strength were key to the third as he ran the visitors ragged.
Luigi Apolloni and the Parma faithful with hope the powerful young forward can keep up his impressive start to life in Parma going into the new year as l'gialloblu look to extend their lead at the top and keep up their impressive unbeaten league form.
By Giovanni Dougall
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