Back in 2013, Geoffrey Kondogbia was linked with a move to Arsenal by Sky Sports, and his performance on Tuesday against Juventus showed why he should be the first name on Arsene Wenger’s wanted list this summer.
Before he moved to Sevilla, AS Monaco’s Kondogbia was linked with a host of Premier League clubs. After he helped the Ligue 1 side eliminate Arsenal from Europe this term, a few clubs may have regretted not taking a chance on the French teenager. On Tuesday night against Juventus, he showed just how wrong they were.
He may have been on the losing side, but his performance showcased all of the qualities he possesses as a dynamic attacking midfielder. He played at both ends of the pitch and when he got the glimpse of a yard of space, he drove his team forward and tried to make things happen.
Kondogbia made his return to the France national team last month, and performances like last night – with Didier Deschamps in the stands – will go a long way towards cementing his place in the future of les Bleus midfield.
The 22-year-old scored the opening goal against Arsenal in the last round, and he tried his luck a few times on Tuesday – four shots, two on target - but it was his other contributions that stood out.
According to WhoScored, Kondogbia made three key passes, was just one touch down on Layvin Kurzawa with 63 and made four tackles.
He has great feet when in possession; he gets his head up to find his teammates and seems to be in the right place at the right time, as well as having the positive effect you want from a central midfielder.
Monaco will loathe losing him, but if he continues to perform like he did on Tuesday, they may find it very hard to keep him in the principality.