Speaking exclusively to GFFN’s Luke Entwistle, AS Monaco sporting director said that he believes that Aurélien Tchouaméni’s (22) performances may have concealed the qualities shown by Youssouf Fofana (23).
Fofana could be set to make his France debut tonight alongside former Monaco teammate Tchouaméni. The former’s first call-up to the France side has coincided with the latter’s reported €100m move to Real Madrid.
Asked whether Fofana is now getting full recognition following Tchouaméni’s departure, Mitchell said, “I think Aurélien was rightly recognised for some really big and important performances with us last season, and maybe the shadow was cast too much over the quality of Youssouf’s performances for this club, not only last season but the season before.”
He continued, “I think he’s a consistent performer now. I know it was the opposite way at youth level: Youssouf was recognised quite often in the French national teams and Aurélien not so much. There has been an amplification of the quality of Aurélien’s performances, but I’ve always said there is a second actor in that midfield configuration, and I have to say on most matchday, there wasn’t much separating the two players in their performances, especially when the team has been at its best.”
Fofana has enjoyed an impressive start to the season and has been ever-present in Monaco’s midfield alongside new signing Mohamed Camara.