The contrast was great between Friday evening against the Netherlands and Wednesday against Poland. And Leandro Trossard can be the perfect illustration.
Come up to everyone’s surprise to replace Lukaku at the half-hour mark against the Oranje, the Brighton player had to play against nature, trying to best reproduce the game of a colossus to whom he concedes 19 centimeters and around thirty kilos.
On Wednesday, he replaced Hazard for the last half hour and he was much more comfortable in the captain’s register. With a fantastic double, including a second goal so unexpected that we wondered if it was voluntary. “Yes yes”he decided. “I understand that people might believe the opposite because my shot was not powerful at all. But I saw that the goalkeeper was far from his line. I took a chance and I did well. “
Without making much noise, Trossard became one of Martinez’s twelfth men. Of those who are part of the first circle of reservists. And when we know that he is the understudy of an always fragile Hazard, he is clearly an important devil. His ticket to Qatar is already validated, except disaster. Martinez was very satisfied. “It’s nice to see Leandro growing in the group. A bit like Hans Vanaken. There is a lot of talent in Belgium and it will never stop. But you have to be patient in the process to let them grow. Today “Today, Leandro knows how to create things, be decisive and choose his moments. Having been able to observe Eden Hazard for a few years has helped him. Charles De Ketelaere, for example, is only halfway through this process.”