France coach Didier Deschamps spoke to Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele after calling the striker into his final squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
This is the first time in more than two years that Dembele has been called up for international service and comes in a season where the 23-year-old has finally managed to play consistently and with his fingers crossed put his problems in wounds behind him.
Deschamps said in a press conference on Monday that he also wanted to see Dembele more efficient and clinical in front of goal.
“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, ”he said.
“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. “
Dembele was on target in Sunday’s impressive 6-1 win over Real Sociedad in La Liga, but was guilty of missing chances this season, especially in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain .
Deschamps says he knows all about Dembele’s ability to create chances but now wants him to be more decisive in the final third.
“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, ”he said.
“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.
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Dembele is hoping to spend time with France with the team’s opener on Wednesday in Paris. Deschamps has plenty of options in attack with Wissam Ben Yedder, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe all in the squad.