Who to replace Kevin De Bruyne? Roberto Martinez’s options –...

Kevin De Bruyne absent, the Red Devils will have to do without their playmaker. After the absence of Eden Hazard, how can Roberto Martinez compensate for this new blow?

Leandro Trossard

The absence of Eden Hazard had already forced Roberto Martinez to exile Kevin De Bruyne on the right flank; except surprise, it is still what should be done in Iceland, with the duo Witsel – Tielemans renewed in the midfield. In which case the manager will be able to correct what many saw as a mistake in England: aligning Leandro Trossard, who hadn’t even gotten into the game while in the shape of his life with Brighton & Hove Albion.

One problem remains: Trossard is above all a left winger, which would force him to evolve on his bad side. We know how much Martinez prefers to see a player evolve to his best position and replace profile for profile.

Yari Verschaeren

We know: Verschaeren is not in great shape, and to see him established would be a huge surprise that would make more than one scream in the Rouches ranks. But Roberto Martinez replaced KDB with Yari Verschaeren for a reason: this famous habit of “profile for profile”.

The Anderlecht player mixes the percussion qualities and the vision of the game of a De Bruyne, and would therefore bring a style of play comparable to his illustrious elder. In Martinez’s logic, the choice of Verschaeren is plausible; in terms of merit and current form, it would be the most open to criticism.

Divock Origi

L’option offensive : placer Divock Origi, whom Martinez has long considered a winger, on the right flank. A choice that would also go against the form of the moment, the Liverpool striker not counting … any minute in the Premier League this season. Origi, however, returned to the selection and entered the game against Côte d’Ivoire. He is not among the most plausible options, on the contrary – but Martinez does not have a lot of options on the right, Alexis Saelemaekers (who could have gone up a notch) having returned to U21 …

Jérémy Doku

Another choice that would make scream those who find that Roberto Martinez gives too much room to the talents of RSC Anderlecht, especially after the average performance of Jérémy Doku against Côte d’Ivoire. Heysel holder, but on the left flank, Doku could take advantage of the absence of Kevin De Bruyne to evolve for the first time to his real position in selection: on the right side. Besides Trossard, it would be the most logical choice. However, we can imagine Martinez keeping the young Mauve as a joker in case the situation takes time to unblock.

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