Didier Deschamps heaps praise on Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi but lowers expectations on youngster

‘He’s a young player with very big potential’: Didier Deschamps heaps praise on Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi but tells fans not to expect too much too soon from him

  • Matteo Guendouzi earned his first international call up this month
  • The 20-year-old is highly thought of by Arsenal fans after strong performances
  • Didier Deschamps rates the youngster, who replaced Paul Pogba in his squad
  • The France manager has warned against expecting too much to soon though 

France manager Didier Deschamps has praised young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi but has warned against expecting too much of the talented youngster.

The 20-year-old won his first call up to the national side following the injury of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. 

The combative midfielder is highly thought of at Arsenal and has enjoyed a strong start to the new season, putting in an excellent display to help his side secure a point against Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.

Matteo Guendouzi earned his first call up to the France side after a Paul Pogba injury

And Deschamps has said of his excitement for the future of Guendouzi. He said:  ‘He’s the modern midfielder, box to box as they say there, with a lot of power and technical quality too. He’s there. What I expect from young people is that they bring this freshness, this dynamism.

‘He is a very young player but with a very big potential.’

However, the World Cup winning manager and player has moved to lower expectations of the youngster.

‘Do not ask too much,’ said Deschamps. ‘He’s a young player, who is still the Espoirs generation, who plays a lot of matches with where there is strong competition,’ 

Guendouzi has been in impressive form for Arsenal including in the derby clash with Spurs

Guendouzi has been in impressive form for Arsenal including in the derby clash with Spurs