Why Didier Deschamps should select Alban Lafont in his list of Blues

This Thursday, at 2 pm, Didier Deschamps will reveal his list for the next meeting of the French team. The Les Bleus coach prepares his team for two friendlies against Ivory Coast and then South Africa. If surprises are rare in the lists called by the coach, the presence of FC Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont among the three goalkeepers selected would not be one. Here are five reasons that prove Didier Deschamps need to call the Canary Islands goalkeeper for this meeting of the Blues.

His coach believes in it

We already talked about it last December: Alban Lafont is definitely having his best season. At FC Nantes, the porter commanded by Antoine Kombouaré continues to make progress. The Canary Islands coach has also made him a serious candidate for the French national team: “If he continues like this, I have no doubt that Deschamps is watching him. He was part of the Hopes for a long time. It’s up to him to do what it takes to knock on the door,” he said at the end of last year. He even made him the captain of his team. A role that suits him perfectly, as he has taken his responsibilities. ” When I arrived, I found a keeper in trouble, who was hesitant. Like the squad. This year, on the other hand, it’s a great Alban. †

He is the best goalkeeper in Ligue 1

The daily sport The team awarded him a 6.04/10 average since the start of the season. This is the best average score for goalkeepers in Ligue 1. Indeed, Alban Lafont has become more regular in his performance, more consistent. He has produced eight clean sheets this season, far more than the 2020-2021 season (3). Another achievement from Nantes: he saved two penalties this season, against Lille and PSG. The 23-year-old goalkeeper is often decisive. In Lorient, Lille or at the start of the season in Angers, Alban Lafont showed himself imperially on his line and in his outings, an area where he has clearly made progress. “To score now in Alban, you have to be strong,” said his Nantes coach after the victory over Montpellier (2-0) on March 6.

A new course against PSG

Alban Lafont is also capable of exceptional performances. The one against PSG (FCN 3-1 win) is an illustration of that. In this somewhat crazy match, the FCN goalkeeper saved his team several times. Facing the Paris attacking trio: Messi-Neymar-Mbappe, he made eight decisive saves and was disgusted by the opposing attackers in La Beaujoire. That evening he also blocked a penalty from Neymar. Proof that Alban Lafont also brings points to his team. This exceptional match against PSG even earned him a score of 10/10 in The team† A fact that is rare enough to be underlined. Especially for a goalkeeper.

Struggling Competitors

If AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan seems to have established himself as Hugo Lloris’ understudy in the cages of the French team, the number 3 place seems within reach for Alban Lafont today. Not only because the Nantes goalkeeper proves it through his performances. But also because the main competitors are having a hard time. Alphonse Areola and Steve Mandanda hardly play at West Ham and Marseille. Benoit Costil has been injured since January and is having a hard time with the Girondins de Bordeaux. Finally, Illan Meslier, a young goalkeeper from Leeds, struggles with his team, the worst defense in the Premier League (65 goals conceded). There may still be room for Paul Bernardoni, who is still in worse shape than Alban Lafont.

Preparing for the future

This position of goalkeeper No. 3 is also an opportunity for Didier Deschamps to prepare for the future. By the way, Hugo Lloris will be 36 at the end of the year and Mandanda will soon be 37. At just 23 years old, Alban Lafont already has nearly 250 games under his belt. He has also been selected for the Espoirs in the past. A presence in Deschamps’ list could then be a logical next step. Reply this Thursday at 2pm, for two friendlies for the Blues: against Ivory Coast on Friday, March 25 (Marseille), then against South Africa, in Lille, on March 29.