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Breel Embolo in Monaco, the rookie too many? / France / AS Monaco /

While the departure of Aurélien Tchouaméni has still not been compensated, AS Monaco has offered its second summer recruit. Arrived from Borussia Mönchengladbach, Breel Embolo indeed lands on the Rock to strengthen an already overcrowded offensive sector where he will try to find a place for himself.

At a time when ecology must be made a priority, it is not uncommon to come out of certain popular brands with a receipt as long as your arm. On this one, the invoice obviously. But also a lot of information that often leaves you wondering, as to the usefulness of these. Rather than reducing them to the strict minimum in order to save paper, many stores are extending them more and more, even going so far as to offer their backs to advertisers. So many elements that make these pieces of paper happily exceed the regulatory size that should be assigned to them.

The attacking sector of AS Monaco looks like two drops of water, precisely, to these damn receipts: too long, and overloaded. Wissam Ben Yedder, Kevin Volland, Myron Boadu, Gelson Martins, Krepin Diatta, Takumi Minamino, Sofiane Diop or Aleksandr Golovin and now Breel Embolo, fresh from Borussia Mönchengladbach. A list impossible to read without taking a breath, from which Philippe Clement will now have to pick four (or even five) names to form his eleven.

Embolo (must) count

“His profile brings an additional advantage among our attacking options, and adds more depth to the team in order to tackle the busy schedule ahead of us.” , rejoiced Paul Mitchell, sports director of the Asemists, in conference during the signing of his new recruit. However, when taking stock of last season and approaching the current summer transfer window, the Englishman announced “three to five recruits” in mid-June. Among these, the former Red Bull galaxy had then targeted an attacking element, a defensive midfielder (probably to replace Aurélien Tchouaméni), a defender and possibly a goalkeeper. However, since then, the Red and Whites have only registered two reinforcements: Minamino and Embolo. Two profiles turned towards the attack, which come to join a workforce already more than filled.

With the difference that the Swiss has a profile that the ASM does not have. “He is an exceptional player with exceptional qualities of speed and power, but who also knows how to play for others” , enthused Didier Tholot in 2016 while he was coaching FC Sion and the young striker was playing at FC Basel, in remarks reported by Eurosport. He has since probably not reached the heights that were then promised to him, but he remains a nice reinforcement nonetheless. Only his effectiveness against the cages regularly tarnishes the image given by the former Schalke 04 player: indeed, his 25 small pawns in 106 games played with the Fohlen do not encourage optimism in a sector where the ASM has its chief gunner Ben Yedder (but also the clumsy Martins). His versatility – he can move forward as well as on the wings – also offers new perspectives to Philippe Clement. Above all, the Belgian will be able to quickly integrate his new recruit into his rotation, while an insane schedule (potentially nine games in August) awaits his men as soon as they resume.

Abundance of goods could harm

The fact remains that by dint of piling up talents on the front of the attack without having yet compensated for the departure of the essential Tchouaméni, the club of the Rock will undoubtedly have to degrease. Among the crowd of suitors, two names stand out: Gelson Martins and Sofiane Diop. The first, which arrived in the winter of 2019 for the plump sum of 30 million euros, is struggling to really win. Often starter by default – with Diatta, he is the only one to have this winger profile capable of overflowing in speed – the former Atlético de Madrid lacks regularity. “At home, there are still sometimes too many ups and downs during the same match or from one match to another” , commented Philippe Clement in March, in front of the press. Reputed to be a good dribbler, the Portuguese is too often messy and regularly tangles his brushes when concluding.

For the French international hopefuls, however, the deal is different. Courted by many clubs – Nice and Leicester would be interested – the former Rennais could be tempted to look elsewhere for the playing time that the Belgian coach no longer granted him at the end of last season. A frustrating situation for the young player, who mentioned it in The Team : “I had to take it upon myself, it was a formative period. I wanted to bring competition on a daily basis, to show that I was not in the cellar. Staying focused, giving my all in training, there was nothing else to do. » Brilliant during the 2020-2021 season, Diop still represents great promise for the future and to see him leave would be bad news for the Monegasques who ultimately have only a few creative elements in front (three with Golovin, Minamino and Diop). However, and despite a busy schedule, the Rock club will have to clean up its attack. And this, in order to keep a coherent workforce while not exposing themselves to the moods of elements who would spend too much time on the bench for their taste. A significant condition to approach this new season in the best possible conditions.

By Florian Porta



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