France boss Deschamps challenges Dembele’s ‘flaws’ as Barcelona striker urged to become more ‘efficient’

France boss Deschamps challenges Dembele's 'flaws' as Barcelona striker urged to become more 'efficient'

The World Cup winner has had a productive season at Camp Nou and his international coach wants progress to continue

Ousmane Dembele was challenged to iron out “flaws” in his game, with French coach Didier Deschamps hoping the Barcelona forward to become more “efficient”.
Positive steps in this direction have been taken this season, with the 23-year-old World Cup winner enjoying a welcome return to form and form.

However, there are still areas of his game to work on, with Deschamps among those looking for more potential to unlock in a player who has all the attributes of an elite artist.

What was said?

The boss of France told reporters after appointing Dembele to his squad for the start of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup: “Now he’s able to play again, he’s able to make the difference and score goals. . He could score more and be more efficient.

“It’s not about changing it. He’s been playing at the highest level for a long time. He’s young. It would be good for him, for his club and for us if he could become more efficient.

“Of course, this is something to work on. As you get older, you can make better choices. All attackers have times when they are less effective than others. ”

Deschamps added: “Ousmane has and always has had this ability to create chances and make a difference. It is not always decisive in the field. This is where it is most difficult.

“The important thing is its ability to make a difference. Yes, it can be more consistent from start to finish.

“I’m not saying he can’t progress or improve. I still prefer to look at the qualities. They all have little flaws that can be erased over time.

“Sometimes they don’t, but that doesn’t stop them from being good. We are talking about a player who has been at the highest level for several years and is still very young.

Record de Dembele and 2020-21

After suffering his fair share of injury setbacks since moving to Barcelona in 2017, a spark has been rediscovered at Camp Nou this season.

Ronald Koeman has found a regular role in his plans for Dembele, with 35 consecutive appearances, and he has registered nine goals and four assists.

How many caps has Dembele won for France?

Attention is now shifted from national issues to international issues.

Dembele faces stiff competition for places in the France squad, but hopes to see a game in the next fortnight in meetings with Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

If Dembele is featured in those encounters, then a man who helped his country achieve global glory in 2018 will add to a collection of caps that currently stands at 21.

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