A huge surprise in the Blues list?


By: Manu Tournoux

A player who “hoveres over Ligue 1” knocks on the door of the French team, ten days before the announcement of Didier Deschamps’ list.

In ten days, on Thursday March 14 at 2 p.m., Didier Deschamps will announce his first list of the year. And inevitably, three months before Euro 2024, the names of the players called up for the two friendly matches against Germany (March 23 in Lyon) and Chile (March 26 in Marseille) will be closely scrutinized.

With such a deadline in the sights, it is indeed difficult to imagine the coach of the France team doing tests for this gathering. The group he forms should be very similar to the one he will select this summer. Will there still be room for a huge surprise in midfield?

A player who “hoveres over Ligue 1”

In Ligue 1, a player is increasingly pushing the door of the Blues. Author of 4 goals in 23 matches this season with Brest, Pierre Lees-Melou is a candidate in the eyes of his coach, Eric Roy, who praised his “above average mindset” after he delivered the SB29, Sunday against Le Havre (1-0).

“He is someone exceptional, who hovers over the team and over Ligue 1. For me, in the position he plays in, there is no equivalence in France. He can play anywhere and almost deserves to have a selection”, he said. However, the hierarchy will be complicated to shake up in the midfield of the vice-world champions.

A place to take in the middle?

Antoine Griezmann, Aurélien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot and Eduardo Camavinga seem well on their way to competing in the European Nations Championship. Despite his young age, so does Warren Zaire-Emery. And for the sixth folding seat, Youssouf Fofana seems to have a small head start over his competitors.

But for Eric Roy, Pierre Lees-Melou has his place with the A. “I’m starting to know him, and I also know his journeyhe explained. I know he thinks differently about his job. He manages to take a step back, gain height, he is not in the standard of the classic professional player. » Will “DD” hear the message?

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