Dembele – NxGn Star of Russia

first_imgOusmane Dembélé Ousmane Dembele, the NxGn starlet supporting France’s endless attacking talent in Russia Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy NxGn Dembele GFX Getty/Goal composite Ousmane Dembélé France v Australia France World Cup The Barcelona youngster has overcome his early injury issues in Spain and has everything required to be on of the stars of this year’s World Cup After moving from to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund last summer, Ousmane Dembele did not enjoy the blockbuster season he and the Blaugrana were hoping for.A hamstring injury suffered in September forced the Frenchman to miss virtually the entire first half of the season, and further fitness woes combined with the arrival of Philippe Coutinho in the winter transfer window saw the France international make a relatively meagre 17 league appearances as Ernesto Valverde’s side strolled to the La Liga title.The former Rennes attacker did manage nine goal involvements during his fleeting stints with the Barca first-team, but he will be hoping to completely rubbish any thought of stagnation when he arrives in Russia with an exciting France squad brimming with attacking talent. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Dembele Samsung WC NxGn GFXDidier Deschamps has no end of elite attackers to choose from, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe providing competition that may prove to be too stiff for Dembele as far as a place in the starting line-up is concerned.But Dembele’s presence in the squad allows Deschamps to significantly change his personnel and approach in attack without losing anything in terms of quality. The former Juventus coach’s preference is to deploy Griezmann behind Olivier Giroud with Mbappe and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar situated out wide, but if that approach isn’t working then Dembele can be introduced, allowing Paris Saint-Germain’s golden boy to operate centrally as he did to great effect in a recent friendly against Russia.Despite featuring sporadically for Barcelona and the slight murmurings over his future, Dembele was still able to showcase his quality and effectiveness at the Camp Nou.He managed to complete 40 of his 68 dribbles and made 28 key passes in 17 La Liga matches; only Barca teammate Philippe Coutinho made more among players who featured in 20 games or less in Spain’s top tier.Ousmane Dembele FranceHis varied attacking style and relative freshness could prove invaluable to France, who had to rely a lot on in-game changes and individual moments of brilliance during their Euro 2016 campaign. With Deschamps’ side up against Denmark, Peru and Australia in one of the tournament’s tougher groups – judging by FIFA’s much-derided ranking system – Les Bleus may again encounter problems against opposition who may feel it necessary to focus more on containing the 1998 World Cup winners.France’s inefficacy in the face of compact defensive blocks was highlighted in the group stage of the Euros two years ago, when they required last minute heroics from Dimitri Payet and Griezmann to overcome Romania and Albania.Dembele may be tasked with emulating his compatriots if the French falter from the start in Russia, and the 21-year-old will no doubt intent on reminding everyone why Barcelona were willing to fork an inordinate amount of money for his services 12 months ago.Get Goal+ for your Samsung device now – it’s the ultimate stats app for fans that features real-time performance data and is now available on the hottest new mobile devicelast_img