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Lille: The Botman revelation

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 1, 2020

The future of Luis Campos, who has not been seen in the North for many weeks, is still the subject of so much speculation. Et the name of the advisor to the Lille president comes up regularly in conversations. He even invited himself to a press conference this week, before the Europa League match against Celtic (2-2), when the case of Sven Botman has been mentioned.

A 20-year-old Dutch defender who immediately won, and looks like a new one (very good Campos case. “When I was told that Gabriel was leaving (for Arsenal, ndlr), I asked Luis for a left-handed central defender. Players have been introduced to me, including Sven. Luis introduced him to me first, and it’s no accident. He caught our eye “, Christophe Galtier remembered.

He is part of the best defense in Ligue 1

Trained at Ajax, who loaned him to Heerenveen last season, he was signed for € 8million at the Amsterdam club. Et he has already become indestructible alongside Jose Fonte at the central hinge, within the best defense in Ligue 1, tied with PSG (3 goals cashed).

Since his arrival, he has played 8 league games in full and been established twice in as many Europa League matches, only giving up his place for the last quarter of an hour on the lawn of the Sparta Prague after receiving a yellow card in the Czech Republic. “There are a lot of people who are there to help me, he explained before the duel against the Bhoys. But the most important thing is that we are off to a good start to the season. ”

“He must be demanding in his concentration and efficiency”

A good start to the season to which this “very good defender”, appreciates Galtier. “He is a player who was trained at the Ajax academy and who has an important technical quality, he continues. He has a good ability to assimilate and reproduce what is asked of him, to print quickly. I am very satisfied with his debut.

InterDutch national hopefuls will start again on Sunday evening (9 p.m.) during the clash against OL, even if his coach fears a slack. “The difficulty is that he is only 20 years old and that he chains the matches. And you must not believe that things are easy when you chain every three days. He must therefore be demanding in his concentration and his efficiency”, warns the Marseille technician.