How Arsenal and Liverpool deadline day target Thomas Lemar performed for France against Netherlands

A look at how Thomas Lemar fared for France against Netherlands after being heavily linked with Arsenal and Liverpool on transfer deadline day.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
1st September 2017

article:1st September 2017

Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar had a dream night for France on the day he was the subject of what was understood to be a £92 million transfer deadline-day bid from Arsenal.

Here’s a look at how he performed in scoring twice for France in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Holland in Paris on Thursday night.


DISTRIBUTION

Often tucked in on the left with Layvin Kurzawa overlapping, there were few opportunities to judge Lemar’s crossing ability against the Dutch.

But there were plenty of incisive short-range, first-time balls which indicated his comfort in possession at the top level.

WORK RATE

Made some intelligent attacking runs, including one which was completely ignored by Paul Pogba five minutes before half-time when the Manchester United man opted to shoot rather than pick him out.

Showed great box-to-box ability after tracking back to cut out a Timothy Fosu-Mensah cross in the 65th minute before bursting forward and releasing Griezmann, but the Atletico Madrid man could not find a team-mate with his cross from the left.

He was also rewarded for continuing his forward burst when Griezmann laid on his second goal in the 88th minute.

GOAL THREAT

He had one half-chance charged down in the first quarter of the game but otherwise his withdrawn role looked as though it would give him little opportunity for a shot on goal.

An opening appeared to present itself early in the second half when Griezmann worked the ball left to him on the edge of the box, but Lemar opted to come back inside and was crowded out.

But he demonstrated how deadly he can be with a sublime left-foot strike from the edge of the box after Stefan de Vrij’s headed clearance fell to him on the edge of the box, and was also a willing runner in the breakaway which led to his second and France’s third.

VERDICT

Lemar looked every inch a European superstar in the making – slight of build but with exceptional technique and tactical awareness.

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