Two months before the World Cup in Qatar, every match is important for the French internationals and potential members of Didier Deschamps’ list. And this weekend, it was Wissam Ben Yedder who recalled good memories at La Dèche. Dropped from the Blues’ final roster and silent since recovering, the Monegasque found his voice, and the road to the nets, this Sunday. It’s hard to do better in terms of timing, but the hardest part now awaits him: confirming that he started his season well and that it wasn’t just a simple start.
An opening from Takumi Minamino and a wrong call from Breel Embolo before finishing with a curl from the left to plant his third pawn: in the same action, Wissam Ben Yedder was able to take advantage of services of one – the Swiss – which is undoubtedly the best offensive element of ASM since August, with Aleksandr Golovin, and one – the Japanese – which is not far from the most borrowed. A feat, but the main thing is elsewhere for the Monegasque captain. Since his arrival in Monaco, he spent more than five games without planting even a small pawn in the league. We have to wait eight days and this victory in Reims (0-3) to see him finally open his counter in the new exercise. Anecdotal about the outcome of this meeting, this goal will be important for the rest of the season for the former Toulouse player. It is enough to observe the celebration of the captain of the Monegasque to realize it: this goal above all is a sacred rescue, of those who can shake a year.
Head upside down
“It’s been a long time since he scored, so it will give him a lot of confidence in terms of confidence, and it will bring something more to the team” , released Axel Disasi after the match against Champenois. More than ever, the performances of Ben Yedder and his club are closely linked. Quiet before going to Auguste-Delaune, the French international perfectly describes the difficulties that ASM has encountered since August. A clumsy shot, another hesitant, the Red and White striker is struggling to regain the level he was at the end of last season when he gathered the pawns. Like his team, with ten goals since resuming the championship, but only four in the game – the other six from set pieces -, the Asemists floated to find themselves on the ground.
The height of the irony, if the former Sevillian could have taken advantage of these stopped phases, and a penalty against Rennes – the only one obtained by ASM this season – to open his counter, he would have regained the bank after nothing still at the time of the red card of Youssouf Fofana during the 2e day against Rennes. “Ben Yedder doesn’t have a problem with his head, otherwise he wouldn’t have scored this goal. He also had other chances, but the opposition goalkeeper was very good. , recalled Philippe Clément in a press conference this Sunday. However, despite the trust placed in his striker, the Belgian often puts him on the bench (six starts in ten games in all competitions), stating in passing that he is more effective when he does not play every three days. This pawn, planted while the Frenchman was still dragging his spleen on the turf Thursday against Ferencváros, but proved the opposite.
He has not missed any Blue appointments since June 2019
In addition to fighting to regain his place at the club, Ben Yedder will also have to do to find Clairefontaine. “He hasn’t had his best season for a few weeks, with what he can do on the pitch and his playing time. He’s always been called upon with usDidier Deschamps explained to justify his choices on Thursday and especially the dismissal of the Monegasque. For the players who came before, Wissam, Lucas (Digne) or Moussa (Sissoko), it is not because they are not here now that they cannot be later. » Even now, apart from Covid, in all the gatherings of the Blues since June 2019, including the last Euro he spent on the bench or in the stands, Ben Yedder will experience the next international break from his sofa. A choice that seems like a hell of a downgrade on the coach’s part, even more so than the absence of Karim Benzema. It must be said that despite his nineteen selections, the native of Sarcelles was never able to make himself indispensable to the Habs. This pawn against Reims could count double for Ben Yedder. At the club, where he needs to regain his status as the number one scorer. And to choose, where the next list will send the lucky winners who will compete in the World Cup in Qatar. A deadline that, like his duels with goalkeepers that will cross his path in the next two months, Wissam Ben Yedder can not afford to miss.
By Florian Porta