Benoît Badiashile, Youssouf Fofana, Randal Kolo Muani … Who are the three newcomers to Didier Deschamps’ list?

Benoît Badiashile, Youssouf Fofana, Randal Kolo Muani … Who are the three newcomers to Didier Deschamps’ list?

Benoît Badiashile, Youssouf Fofana, Randal Kolo Muani … Who are the three newcomers to Didier Deschamps’ list?

Three new players were called up on Thursday by Didier Deschamps for the next round of France.

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A little over two months into the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18), Didier Deschamps broke new ground on Thursday September 15, announcing his roster of 23 players for the next French squad rally. Forced by the injuries of many managers (Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez, Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kanté, Kingsley Coman …), the French coach has summoned three newbies to Clairefontaine, for the two League of Nations matches against Austria and Denmark on 22 and 25 September. The opportunity for franceinfo: sport to say more about the profile of these three new Blues.

Benoît Badiashile: precocious talent

At 21, AS Monaco’s thin central defender (1’94) already has extensive experience at the highest level. Ligue 1 holder against Paris-Saint-Germain aged just 17, Benoît Badiashile played more than 125 professional matches for the Principality club in November 2018. A precocity that led the native of Limoges to join the French youth teams very soon up to the captain of the selection of hopes. Although Didier Deschamps admitted that the presence of the southpaw, for the next two Nations League games, was linked to the many injuries in his position, the coach insisted on the importance of “link“between the Blueberries and the Blues. It is up to Benoît Badiashile to take the opportunity to ensure that this first meeting is not the last.

Youssouf Fofana: the hard worker

“Pride and honor. So much work to get here. Even more to not stop there.” The words of Youssouf Fofana on Instagram, to react to his first calls, betray his player profile. Tireless and hardworking, the Paris native learned his skills at RC Strasbourg (2018-2020) before revealing himself in the Principality as one of the best midfielders in Ligue 1. The shadow of a recoverer in the Monegasque midfield, the 23-year-old old player has been on the screen since Aurélien Tchouaméni’s summer departure to Real Madrid. If the two friends meet the Blues in September, Youssouf Fofana seems to have a real card to play for Qatar given the current physical frailty of competitors like Paul Pogba or N’Golo Kanté.

Randal Kolo Muani: the surprise

Starting during Eintracht Frankfurt’s win at Olympique de Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday (0-1), Randal Kolo Muani shouldn’t expect to meet Mattéo Guendouzi and Jonathan Clauss anytime soon. Moving from Nantes to Germany this summer, the 23-year-old center forward has quickly adapted with already two goals and four assists in six Bundesliga games. “Randal continues to confirm what he did at FC Nantes last season” Didier Deschamps explained at a press conference when Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen) or Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco) were not called up for the League of Nations. Although Karim Benzema’s injury plays an important role in Randal Kolo Muani’s selection, the presence of Marcus Thuram (Mönchengladbach) during the last Euro shows that a surprise is always possible on Deschamps’ final list.

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