The casting of centrals for the Eurocup that begins next June 11 adds a new member: Aymeric laporte. The French defender achieved Spanish nationality on Tuesday (approved by the Council of Ministers) after several months of shadow work in the Spanish Federation to convince the player, on the one hand, and obtain his passport, on the other.
Luis Enrique, the Spanish coach, asked several weeks ago that the presence of the footballer be managed, which does not count for Didier Deschamps, coach of the French team. The tremendous competition that is in that position (Raphael Varane, Dayot Upamecano, Presnel Kimpembe, Kurt Zouma, Clement Lenglet and even Lucas Hernández, who can play central) has made Laporte have no place with les Bleus despite his outstanding performance, and Red can benefit from this, as the Manchester City defender has never worn the French shirt with the absolute.
The central position is the one that has given the most headaches to all the Spanish coaches from the step back of Gerard Piqué after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Sergio Ramos was still leading the rear, but finding a partner has not been easy and, in fact, no one has managed to consolidate in the position. The players who have occupied that position in these three years have been very numerous, being in recent years Pau Torres Luis Enrique’s favorite with Íñigo Martínez and Eric García -Substitute precisely for Laporte- as usual spare parts.
However, recent injuries to Sergio Ramos They have opened one more question in La Roja. The camero, now out, has only played five games in this year 2021 with the white shirt and his weak performance against Chelsea with Real Madrid not only cost him a good number of criticisms, but also relapse from his injury.
When Ramos will return is anyone’s guess. It seems certain that he will recover before Spain’s debut in the Eurocup, which will be on July 14 against Sweden, but en what physical conditions will it arrive It is a huge concern for Luis Enrique. The captain of Madrid and the national team has so far been an indisputable player for the Asturian, but already this Sunday he recognized that his call-up will depend on his physical condition.
Aymeric Laporte, born in Agen on May 27, 1994 (he would have just turned 27 at the European Championship), is one of the center-backs with the best bill in world football. At the age of 15 he arrived at Athletic Club, a club in which he trained and stood out. His great performance made Manchester City pay for him in January 2018 nothing less than 65 million euros.
Holder during his first two campaigns, in this one the arrival of another elite center-back (Ruben Dias, for whom the citizens paid 68 kilos) has made the French has alternated ownership with substitutions along with the Portuguese and John Stones, another very expensive defense (60 million cost in 2016).
With a great exit of the ball and fast to the cut, the possibility of having Laporte gives another variant to Luis Enrique for the center of the defense. Of course, he is left-handed, like Pau Torres: the battle to be Sergio Ramos’ companion is opening up a little more … although perhaps what Luis Enrique is looking for is, more than a player who plays alongside the captain, a man who replace.