When this summer José Bordalás convinced Valencia to sign Dimitri Foulquier, a player who had not been on the Mestalla entity’s radar, knew what he was doing and what game he could play. At this start to the season, the compliant French lane has become a valuable wild card for the Alicante coach.
its brilliant performance last day at Anoeta He put the focus of the hard-working draw achieved by the team on him, but his contribution comes from afar and has not been limited to covering the loss of Thierry Correia on the right side.
The Mestalla club paid Granada just over 2.5 million euros for a 28-year-old player born in Guadeloupe and trained in Rennes who arrived at Granada very young and who, after passing through Strasbourg, Getafe and Watford, returned to the Nasrid club.
That step through the Madrid team was key because there already coincided with Bordalás that, in one of his best campaigns as head of the azulón team, he used it in 25 games. It was, in fact, one of his talismans, and with him on the field he only lost three games.
In Valencia Foulquier was to serve so that the coach could make use of his usual ‘double side’ but the injuries have barely allowed the Alicante to rehearse that tactical option. On the other hand the French has more than fulfilled both on the left side and, above all, on the right.
The Correia injury, which coincided with the extension of his contract and his prime, it could have been a problem but Foulquier has been confirmed as a solvent side, intelligent and self-sacrificing, with less depth than the Portuguese but with better tactical baggage and a remarkable reading of the games.
That solidity has lessened the rush (and pressure) for Correia is available again. In fact, it is intuited that when he returns the competition will be high and also that he could align them together in the right lane when I move Carlos Soler to the center.
In any case, for the price paid and with a four-year contract ahead, Foulquier aims to have been one of the great incorporations of Valencia in the market.