Last night, Didier Deschamps fielded a surprise starter in the team’s outing against Turkey. The tenure of Monegasque striker Wissam Ben Yedder at the forefront of the French attack against Turkey (1-1) rewarded his excellent work since the beginning of the season. Though he did not score, Ben Yedder has put in a commendable performance that should see him return during the next international break.

Of course, the skeptics will point out that he did not score and that he did not manage to threaten. Nevertheless, Wissam Ben Yedder played well yesterday at the Stade de France against Turkey in a match that could have been decisive for the qualification for Euro 2020. But the Blues failed to win after an equalizer was conceded less than 10 minutes from the final whistle. This draw will force France to win in November against Moldova. With the expected returns of ex-Monegasque Kylian Mbappé and central midfielder Paul Pogba, this should be achievable…

Activity without efficiency

Chosen in place of Olivier Giroud at kickoff, the Monegasque took advantage of his second start to press high from the first minutes. On several occasions, he combined successfully with Kingsley Coman and Antoine Griezmann, but the Turkish defense was particularly compact. Moussa Sissoko almost scored in the first half but almost was not enough. In the second half, Wissam Ben Yedder continued to be active but with little success. Though he was replaced in the 72nd minute, the Monegasque did not deserve to leave the pitch.

Saturday night, he will make his return in Red and White on the Louis II pitch against Rennes.

*Article originally published in the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.