11 - 02
By Guillaume Mahot
Olympique de Marseille, ranking 3rd of French Ligue 1 after the disappointing draw 2-2 in Saint-Etienne last Friday, is observed by the manager of the French national team, Didier Deschamps. Dimitri Payet, Florian Thauvin, Adil Rami, Steve Mandanda or even Jordan Amavi are currently checked out by the French staff for the upcoming world cup in Russia, and half of them could be part of the summer adventure.
More surprising, Bouna Sarr is also watched by Deschamps. Being observed does not mean that he will be chosen of course, but this is a first step. The Guinean roots player, who used to play in attack but was lately positioned as a right back by Marseille coach Rudi Garcia (a success for the time being), is said to be an interesting choice for France and could then consider his recent evolution on the pitch as a real gift.
Indeed, Sarr had always claimed he wanted to play as a right winger and had threatened to quit Marseille several times if he didn’t play much, especially in his original position. Blocked by players like Thauvin, Sanson, Ocampos or Njie in attack, the brand new right back plays a lot at the moment and this could offer him an unexpected place in the 23 of France for the world cup.
Sarr never said yes to the Guinean selection and is thus eligible for France, even though he takes a long shot. Corchia, Jallet, Pavard are right backs as well, and they already wore the French jersey at least one time. But hope is allowed, and the season is far form being over for Marseille.