The query didn’t come up earlier than September 21. However Mike Maignan was as soon as once more injured. He thought he would come again on Saturday towards La Spezia. Unimaginable… We should now ask ourselves “which goalkeeper can substitute him? The coach repeated it: he’ll solely name gamers capable of take part within the first match, November 22 (8 p.m.), towards Australia.
With the unstoppable Hugo Lloris in No. 1, the mentor of the Blues Steve Mandanda, in No. 2, Didier Deschamps should summon a novice to take up the torch. Tough to say which of Alban Lafont (0 choice) or Alphonse Areola (5 choices) shall be cited Wednesday night, even when the second appears to be most popular.
Admittedly, Lafont shone with the Canaries this weekend and solely gave in from the penalty spot. However his begin to the season stays much less glowing than final 12 months, he who had his first call-up on the September rally. And towards Denmark (misplaced 2-0), it was Areola who changed Mike Maignan within the cages.
The membership enjoying time of the Nantes porter might however weigh within the steadiness. When Areola performed Fabianski’s understudy within the Premier League with West Ham (2 video games), Alban Lafont chained the league and Europa League video games.
The actual shock would in all probability come from Brice Samba. Final bastion of the Sang et Or, essentially the most outstanding Ligue 1 goalkeeper this season stopped 80% of pictures conceded and solely conceded 9 targets, towards 21 for Lafont. Didier Deschamps might effectively afford the companies of the northerner. However would he conform to confine himself to coaching the titular goalkeeper? Unsure.
In protection, gamers examined late
To begin with, the record is full. Some doubts emanated from the accidents of Raphaël Varane, Lucas Hernandez and Jules Koundé, however they need to logically fly to Qatar, supplied that their bodily glitches are settled. A situation which slows down the hopes of the latest summoned Ibrahima Konaté (2 choices) and Benoît Badiashile (2 choices). One was on trial in June, the opposite in September. And each have succeeded of their first outing within the blue jersey. Launched into the massive leagues a little bit late able the place competitors is fierce, the younger tricolors (23 and 21 years previous) would see themselves successful the golden ticket.
With Liverpool, Konaté shone this weekend, his first match for a month. After a knee harm, solely 21 minutes of play this season, the Reds defender indicators a return which makes him a candidate to overhaul Varane or Koundé. Regardless of his profitable debut in Blue, the newest French outcomes might deprive him of a World Cup.
Like Dayot Upamecano (7 caps) for that matter. A bit extra capped than the opposite two, the Bavarian will definitely must be content material to comply with the competitors from his sofa. Holder however disappointing over the past match of the French crew towards Denmark (0-2), the defender has by no means displayed the identical stage with the Blues as at Bayern Munich. And his errors may gain advantage the AC Milan participant, Pierre Kalulu (0 choice). Italian champion and Serie A revelation, the Frenchman impresses along with his versatility as a central or aspect defender. Nevertheless, his inexperience ought to be a brake for a potential place within the group.
Ndombele, the intense candidate within the center
Surprising however hoped for by some supporters, Tanguy Ndombele (7 choices) might win the day. Paul Pogba’s harm leaves a void within the midfield. Impactful, attention-grabbing in its projections and useful in conservation, the Neapolitan might play the spoilsport with a helpful profile to convey dynamism to the Rabiot – Tchouameni pair.
In a extra defensive place, Boubacar Kamara (3 choices) and Jordan Veretout (5 choices) even have a card to play. On the final rally, the Marseille midfielder had been summoned by Didier Deschamps to compensate for the Aston Villa participant’s bundle. In an interview with the JDD, the previous Roman even dreamed: “Wednesday night, I shall be watching TV. I need to go. »
For his half Kamara might solely replay 13 quick minutes. With an harm on the finish of September, it would in all probability be too honest within the eyes of Didier Deschamps.
A padlocked offensive sector
Between a PSG star, a Ballon d’Or and the co-top scorer of the Blues in 2018, it’s tough to get enjoying time. Much more so when the linings are referred to as Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele and Olivier Giroud. However a seventh place, at present occupied by Christopher Nkunku, is up for grabs. And perhaps even an eighth if Deschamps takes 26 gamers to the World Cup. 4 attackers might do effectively.
Beginning with Moussa Diaby (8 caps). With 6 targets and 4 assists within the Bundesliga (German championship), together with a double this weekend, he stacks up the statistics. Too impartial when the coach referred to as on him, will his latest performances have the ability to get him on the record? Diaby appears to have missed the chance. Nevertheless it might be a treatment in case of harm.
After Russia in 2018, Nabil Fekir (25 choices) would additionally prefer to play once more beneath the tunic of the Blues. And that is good! Deschamps is searching for Griezmann’s perfect understudy. However returned on October 23 from an harm which sidelined him for nearly two months, the participant who has scored three targets within the final 5 La Liga video games appears too bodily honest.
Lengthy thought of the liner of the middle ahead, Wissam Ben Yedder (19 choices) appears removed from the aircraft which can go away on November 16 for Doha. After beginning on the bench this Sunday in Toulouse and particularly after the resurrection of Olivier Giroud at AC Milan, his probabilities of choice appear extra compromised than ever.