Raymond Domenech has back Alexandre Lacazette on twitter as the French striker fights for a place in the French national team against Loic Remy.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool were strongly linked with moves for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer, in their current positions, it would more likely be the Anfield club that makes the next move for the 24-year-old striker.
He may not have made it into Didier Deschamps’s latest France squad, but former boss Raymond Domenech was full of praise for the striker on twitter after he helped Lyon to a 5-1 victory over Montpellier on Sunday.
Je reprends ma campagne pro Lacazette .Encore un grand match pas seulement pour son but mais pour toutes ses prises de balle et ses passes— Raymond Domenech (@Raymon_Domenech) October 19, 2014
He joked on social media that this was campaign in favour of Lacazette. “It was a great game, not only for the goal he scored, but for all his decisions on the ball and his passing”
It was no surprise that Deschamps re-called Andre-Pierre Gignac into the squad for the friendlies against Portugal and Armenia, the forward had scored eight goals in eight games – he now has 10 in 10 – and he was superb in the second friendly against Armenia. Scoring and setting up two in the 3-0 win.
However, it was a surprise that Lacazette missed out on the squad despite starting his season with four goals in what was struggling Lyon side. Since he was left out, Lacazette has score another four, including his first-ever hat-trick for OL against Lyon.
Chelsea’s Loic Remy was picked in place of Lacazette and gong forward into Euro 2016, it would seem just a strange decision if a player as in form as Lacazette couldn’t make it into the squad, but Remy, playing bit-part minutes at Chelsea, would get in ahead of the younger striker.
Quite often Domenech was questioned over his tactics and methods, he will never be able to shake off the incidents that occurred during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but it has hard to disagree with his backing of Lacazette.
Scouts will be closely monitoring his development over the next few months, and if he does leave Lyon for a bigger club next summer, he will surely be a must-pick for the France squad in 2016.
If Liverpool or Arsenal are still interested in the summer, the more goals he continues to score, the more they will have to pay. But right now, he looks an absolute bargain for anyone.