Aurelien Tchouameni might do most of his work in the shadows, but the France midfielder lit up the World Cup with his brilliant opening goal in Saturday’s quarter-final win over England.
Aurelien Tchouameni might do utmost of his work in the murk, but the France midfielder lit up the FIFA World Cup with his brilliant opening thing in Saturday’s quarter-final palm over England. The 22- time-old latterly gave away the first penalty of the game at Al Bayt Stadium which Harry Kane scored to equalise for England, yet France ultimately ran out 2- 1 winners and Tchouameni’s part for the holders has been vital given the problems they faced coming into the event. The outlook for trainer Didier Deschamps and his side appeared grim when they were struck by an avalanche of injuries, not least with their starting midfield brace of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante both being ruled out.
Deschamps had to fully reconfigure his platoon, including abandoning his trial with a back three, but his decision to make a three- man midfield around Tchouameni with Adrien Rabiot and Antoine Griezmann either side of the Real Madrid man has paid off.
Now when his teammates push forward to join the attack,” he is there to cover us, fill in, plug gaps and win the ball back,” said Rabiot, who has also impressed on France’s run to thesemi-finals in Qatar, where they will face Morocco on Wednesday.
Yet Tchouameni has hardly come from nowhere to start for his country at this World Cup.
The recreating fitness worries of Pogba and Kante– two stars of France’s triumphant crusade four times ago– allowed the important and athletic midfielder to make his debut in a qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina in September last time.
Since also he has played in all bar one of his country’s matches while also seeing his club career take off.
Tchouameni’s outstanding performances for Monaco saw him win the Ligue 1 youthful player of the time prize in 2021 and also earn a move to Madrid in the last close season for a figure of 100 million euros($ 105m) including lagniappes.
Kylian Mbappe, who had himself turned down a move to the Spanish capital, had asked Tchouameni if he might like to subscribe for Paris Saint- Germain rather.
But joining the European titleholders and now standing on the point of a World Cup final were, it seems, all part of the plan for the midfielder with Cameroonian roots, indeed if effects have perhaps happed a little faster than he might have anticipated.
” I’ve objects, dreams, the desire to play for the stylish clubs, to win titles, to impact my sport and my position. I want to be flashed back for positive effects. I want to leave my mark,” he told L’Equipe last time.
” I do not want to end my career as an ordinary player and be forgotten about.”
The son of a druggist, Tchouameni was born in the Normandy megacity of Rouen but brought up near Bordeaux, and it was there that his career began.
He was handed his professional debut by Gustavo Poyet at Bordeaux in 2018, just a many weeks after watching as a supporter when France won the World Cup in Russia.
Tchouameni came through the species in south- west France alongside Jules Kounde, also in the side in Qatar.
Yet he made smaller than 40 top- platoon appearances before joining Monaco in January 2020 for a reported 20 million euros.
There he developed an outstanding cooperation with Youssouf Fofana, another member of the current France team who knows just how important Tchouameni is to the cause.
“Football is supposed to be a spectacle, so when a player’s game isn’t about that, some suppose they’re just there to make up the figures. But in fact he does a monumental job in the murk,” said Fofana, who has appeared four times so far in Qatar, starting formerly.
“He does so important handling and allows the other two midfielders to get forward without fussing.”
Tchouameni will again have a huge part to play against Morocco as France look to secure a place in Sunday’s final and retain their title. Know More News…