Why, with Meïté, Monaco compensates for the future departure of Bakayoko ?

Soualiho Meïté has an ideal profile to replace Tiémoué Bakayoko to Monaco. His reputation is mixed, but his potential is huge.

After Youri Tielemans, Diego Benaglio and Jordy Gaspar, AS Monaco offered a fourth reinforcement in formalizing the arrival of Soualiho Meïté on the Rock. Faithful to its strategy, the club of the Principality target profiles in anticipating the sequence of events. Meïté, 23 years old, has still to write in France. His trajectory has not been linear, but its profile suggests the ideal qualities to overcome the expected initial of Tiémoué Bakayoko.

Mercato, Soualiho Meïté sign to AS Monaco

Nonchalance and ambivalence, of the defects of genius

Trained with AJ Auxerre, Soualiho Meïté has quickly climbed the ladder to professionalism. In selection (U16 to U20) as well as in the school auxerre, Meïté had a head start on the plan to the athletic, but also technical. His profile combines these different levels impressive 1.87 m, 80 kg) with a temperament player. It is a force, but this alloy has become a barrier when it was launched in the big bath. Drowned in a community context is difficult – he made his debut in Ligue 1 during the 2011-12 season, ended with a relegation of the AJA in Ligue 2 – the middle has had to confront the antechamber to chain together matches. Half a season was enough to convince Lille, who buys it at the heart of the winter of 2013, before lending it to his formative club to finish the year.

In Lille, the small defects seen in Burgundy replaying in proportions that put them at a disadvantage. The first is an ambiguity that can be troublesome for his position. Sometimes catalogued as a bare mid-recovery, the new reinforcement of monaco has a field of action much wider. He has been trained in a role of torchbearer. His technique is very clean, its projection capability and its heavy hit call a few bursts. But this aspiration offensive has slowed, also.

“Make bread, this is not too my registry. I admit that it is necessary to do violence”, admitted Meïté in the columns of The Team during his time at LILLE, before pressing with humility about his temperament, another black spot at the time. “When I débriefe with René Girard, he tells me that I don’t have the grinta, that I’m super nonchalant”. The image has long pursued.

Meïté-Tielemans, new tandem winner ?

To hatch, Meïté has thus made the choice of exile with a plan in mind : to get out of his comfort zone, to change its approach and clarify its role. A questioning of the overall Tiémoué Bakayoko, precisely, was known after a first difficult season in Monaco. Held back by a set time parsimonious, Meïté is back to health at Zulte Waregem in the winter of 2016 (in every sense of the term, since he conceded having lost weight). By chaining together the matches, already, and then simplifying his game and by changing its habits, above all, the young man found there all that he lacked to complete his development.

Its difficult beginnings have given way to a prosperous period that has put the spotlight on his performance, allowing him or her, by the way, being named among the best players of the season 2016-17 of Jupiler Pro League, in the same way that… Youri Tielemans, happy elected. The omen of a (new) tandem winner in Monaco ? Not necessarily, because Fabinho is not gone yet. But the old middle of Anderlecht, who arrived on the Rock, will be another mission in the construction of the game for the team, Jardim, as the Brazilian last season. Soualiho Meïté has the technical and athletic to register in the not Tiémoué Bakayoko. Its progression is gradual. This is the best example to follow.

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