Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi can feel hard done-by after missing out on a call-up to the France senior team squad for the friendlies against Armenia and Denmark.
France boss Didier Deschamps opted to go for regular left-back Patrice Evra, 33, and Sevilla’s 29-year-old Benoit Tremoulinas as his deputy.
Amavi, a summer signing from Nice, has been one of Villa’s best players this season and is currently one of the club’s only bright sparks in an otherwise disappointing opening to the campaign.
|Team||Tackles per Game||Interceptions per Game||Effective Clearances per Game||Take-ons per Game||Key Passes per Game||Appearances|
|Jordan Amavi||Aston Villa||3.63||3.75||2.38||2.5||0.88||8|
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Amavi has impressed in a number of key areas and when comparing to Tremoulinas, he comes out favourably in four of the five categories.
The 21-year-old has started all eight Premier League fixtures for Villa this season, averaging 3.63 tackles 3.75 interceptions and 2.38 effective clearances per encounter.
Moreover, from an attacking perspective, he is among the most efficient in England, averaging 2.5 successful take-ons and 0.88 chances created via key passes per match.
France boss Deschamps will be looking at his squad for this week’s friendlies with next summer’s tournament in mind, yet the left-back position poses somewhat of a dilemma.
Evra will arguably be playing his last tournament as a first-teamer, yet surely it would be wiser to blood his natural successor now instead of facing the problem further down the line.
Tremoulinas has underperformed for Sevilla so far this season, and considering his age, some could argue that he isn’t in a particularly strong position to succeed Evra in the forthcoming years.
Amavi has proven himself more than capable at Premier League level, and he will only get better in time.