Called of the last hour, after the double defection of Anthony Martial, then of Alexandre Lacazette, Alassane Plea, 25 years old, rediscovered Monday evening Clairefontaine. The striker from Mönchengladbach (Germany) had not been to this venue since the end of winter 2014. Willy Sagnol, then boss of the Espoirs, had retained him to prepare a match against Belarus in the playoffs of the Euro 2015 (1-0). At the time, the native of Lille (North) wisely repeated his scales at AJ Auxerre where he had been the subject of a six-month loan.
For 48 hours, its trajectory has therefore accelerated somewhat. It now resides in the castle of world champions and is familiar with this new environment. Before an in-camera training scheduled two days before the trip to Rotterdam, this Friday in the League of Nations, he lived his baptism as an international in the skin of an international A.
The Blues as an obvious
One of the finest shots in the Bundesliga with 8 goals – he is only ahead of Jovic – at first confided his joy with pride. "It was an honor to train on Tuesday with the world champions. I will learn a lot. It will be beneficial to me. When asked about his preferred position, he emphasized his versatility. "I can play in the axis, but also on the sides. After it's true, I take the most pleasure in pointe. "
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Courted by the selection of Mali, my father's country, "a part of me", he spoke of the choice of the Blues as obvious. " I was born in France. I did all my classes with the selections of young people. It was the logical continuation. Draped behind a certain shyness, he said he was surprised by his summons. "I was called on Monday, when I went to see my cousin in training. "
Backed by excellent statistics on the year 2018, where he is the 3rd most prolific tricolor player, he believes he still has a good margin of progress. "I have to be a little more killer and decisive," he observes. I want to jostle the hierarchy. It goes through good club games. I can bring my madness, my desire, my qualities in front of the goal. It is up to me to be 120% on the little game time that I can benefit. "