Promoted from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1, many wondered whether Arouna Sangante could maintain the defensive ability from last season when playing against much stronger opponents. However, at the age of 21, the midfielder has shown that he is ready for France’s highest tournament, proving himself to be one of the most impressive players in a key position for the team.
The Senegal defender grew up through the Red Star FC academy before moving to Le Havre AC in 2017, when he was only 14 years old. He continued to progress through the club’s youth ranks, eventually making his first appearance for the first team in the 2020/21 season. Since then, Sangante has become a regular starter for Le Havre, appearing 67 times in the last two Ligue 2 seasons. More than that, he was the captain of the team led by Luka Elsner, who was also the youngest captain in the tournament at that time. Although Sangante was criticized for his poor start to the season, where he failed to show any defensive solidity in the first few games, the Senegal international is now one of the main reasons for Le Havre’s promising return to Ligue 1.
Sangante admitted that he was inspired by Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger (30 years old)., who he believes both have quite a few similar characteristics. One of them is staying very close to the opponent he is watching, allowing the Senegalese midfielder to quickly block any passes coming his way, as he often dominates the opposing team’s attacking player. . The 21-year-old is also a very good tackling defender, often blocking passes or moves by opposing strikers along the way. Therefore, it is very rare to see someone dribble past Le Havre’s midfielder.
The defender now needs to improve his coordination of the ball, as he often passes inaccurately and fails to develop the ball forward to relieve pressure on his teammates. As a leader on the field, he also needs to be able to dictate how his teammates should act in dangerous situations, something that the former Red Star FC player has not done so far. can do.
Le Havre are currently 11th in Ligue 1, and that is largely due to their defensive solidity, with the team having the seventh best defense in the league. They will need to continue to maintain their strengths in the second half of the season if they are to finish in the top half of the French First Division. The great contribution of the solidity of the defense is the result of Sangante’s brilliant form.
Dang Nguyen | 17:17 January 31, 2024