Didier Deschamps says Matteo Guendouzi has ‘a big potential’ but he’s not asking for anything other than ‘freshness’ and ‘dynamism’ from the midfielder now that he’s part of the France senior squad.
The 20-year-old was handed his first call-up by Les Bleus last week after Paul Pogba pulled out with an injury and he was on the bench as they eased past Albania 4-1 at the Stade de France on Saturday.
Ahead of Tuesday’s match with Andorra, another chance for the Arsenal man to make his debut, Deschamps outlined why he thinks Guendouzi has a bright future.
“Do not ask too much, he’s a young player, who is still the Espoirs generation, who plays a lot of matches with Arsenal where there is strong competition,” he told his pre-game press conference.
“He’s the modern midfielder, box to box as they say there, with a lot of power and technical quality too. He’s there. What I expect from young people is that they bring this freshness, this dynamism.
“He is a very young player but with a very big potential.”
Arsenal will be hoping that if Guendouzi does play tomorrow that he comes through the game unscathed. The Gunners already have slight doubts over the fitness of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira as we prepare for Sunday’s test at Watford.