Presnel Kimpembe has struggled with his form over the past two seasons. After saying goodbye to captain Thiago Silva, Paris Saint-Germain handed their youth product the keys to the starting central defender alongside Marquinhos.
Nonetheless, PSG brought in former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos for competition this summer, but the Spaniard has yet to debut. Furthermore, Kimpembe’s form continues to drop; in the match against RB Leipzig, the 26-year-old conceded a penalty leading to the disappointing draw.
During his press conference, France national team manager Didier Deschamps spoke about Kimpembe’s current form.
“Presnel doesn’t do everything well. He is one of those players who do all the matches, maybe a little too much. But, I put myself in the place of Pochettino, who must field the best possible team to win the matches. He may have worse periods. He also does some very good things. What interests me is how he stands defensively in relation to his team. There are things he can improve, like everyone else. It can happen to be worse,” Deschamps said.
“For me, the positive part is greater than the negative one with Presnel Kimpembe. What he can bring to the French team with his physical ability or his ability to revive is very interesting. He still gets a little too carried away in some duels, but that is also part of his qualities. He’s a defender who likes a duel. He also has things to improve.”
Kimpembe was initially called up for France’s World Cup qualifiers this upcoming international window, but the defender has withdrawn due to a hamstring injury.