Two months before the World Cup in Qatar, every match counts for French internationals and potential members of Didier Deschamps’ list. And this weekend, it was Wissam Ben Yedder who recalled the good memories of La Dèche. Ejected from the last list of the Blues and silent since the recovery, the Monegasque found his voice, and the way to the nets, this Sunday. Difficult to do better in terms of timing, but the hardest part now awaits him: confirming that he has started his season well and that it was not just a simple start.
An opening from Takumi Minamino and a false call from Breel Embolo before concluding with a curl from the left to plant his third pawn: on the same action, Wissam Ben Yedder will have managed to take advantage of the services of the one – the Swiss – who is undoubtedly the best offensive element of ASM since August, with Aleksandr Golovin, and of the one – the Japanese – who is not far from being the most borrowed. Quite a feat, but the main thing is elsewhere for the Monegasque captain. Never since his arrival in Monaco, he had spent more than five games without planting the slightest pawn in the league. We had to wait eight days and this victory in Reims (0-3) to see him finally unlock his counter in this new exercise. Anecdotal with regard to the outcome of this meeting, this goal could well be important in the rest of the season for the former Toulouse player. It was enough to observe the celebration of the Monegasque captain to realize it: this goal is above all a sacred deliverance, of those which can rock a year.
Head upside down
“It’s been a long time since he scored, so it will do him a lot of good in terms of confidence, and it will bring something extra to the team” , released Axel Disasi after the match against the Champenois. More than ever, the performances of Ben Yedder and those of his club are closely linked. Mute before going to Auguste-Delaune, the French international perfectly illustrates the difficulties encountered by ASM since August. A clumsy shot, another hesitant, the Red and White striker is struggling to regain the level he was at at the end of last season when he was piling up the pawns. Like his team, with ten goals scored since the resumption of the championship, but only four in the game – the other six from set pieces -, the Asemists flounder to find themselves on the ground.
The height of irony, when 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 had already regained the bench following the premature red card of Youssouf Fofana during the 2e day against Rennes. “Ben Yedder had no problems in his head, otherwise he wouldn’t have scored this goal. He also had other chances, but the opposing goalkeeper was very good. , recalled Philippe Clément at a press conference this Sunday. However, despite the confidence placed in his striker, the Belgian regularly places him on the bench (six starts in ten games in all competitions), declaring in passing that he is more effective when he does not play a match every three days. This pawn, planted while the Frenchman was still dragging his spleen on the lawn Thursday against Ferencváros, however proves the opposite.
He had not missed any appointment in Blue since June 2019
In addition to having to fight to regain his place in the club, Ben Yedder must also do so to find Clairefontaine. “He’s not going through his best time for a few weeks, through what he can do on the pitch and his playing time. He’s been called up regularly with usexplained Didier Deschamps to justify his choices last Thursday and in particular that of dismissing the Monegasque. For the players who used to come, Wissam, Lucas (Digne) or Moussa (Sissoko), it is not because they are not here today that they cannot come later. » Yet present, except Covid, at all Blues gatherings since June 2019, including the last Euro he will have spent on the bench or in the stands, Ben Yedder will experience the next international break from his sofa. A choice that looks like a hell of a downgrade on the part of the coach, even more so with the absence of Karim Benzema. It must be said that despite his nineteen selections, the native of Sarcelles has never managed to make himself indispensable to the Habs. This pawn against Reims could therefore count double for Ben Yedder. In the club, where he must regain his status as number one scorer. And in selection, where the next list will send the lucky winners to compete in the World Cup in Qatar. A deadline that, like his duels with the goalkeepers who will cross his path in the next two months, Wissam Ben Yedder cannot afford to miss.
By Florian Porta