Jordan Veretout at full throttle

Jordan Veretout at full throttle

Jordan Veretout. Norbert Scanella / PANORAMIC

For several weeks, the French international has been gaining momentum, to the point of becoming one of the major elements of Olympique de Marseille.

Given his current form, Jordan Veretout should be one of the most prominent Marseille players against AS Monaco, this Saturday evening (9 p.m.), on the lawn of the Orange Vélodrome. However, a few weeks ago, the midfielder seemed quite far from his best level. Its evolution is as beautiful as it is rapid.

Transferred this summer from AS Roma for €11m, the French international arrived at La Canebière with the label of an experienced element capable of directly bringing added value to Olympique de Marseille. But his debut, without being complicated, did not live up to expectations. The 29-year-old torchbearer was too neutral, taking too few risks with and without the ball. Surprising for a player who had shone with the Giallorossi – he played a little higher – by his ability to make a difference (4 goals and 8 assists in Serie A in 2021-2022). In reality, the player trained at FC Nantes simply needed time to adapt to a new environment, to a new coach and by extension to a new style of play.

Retained with the Blues in Qatar

Because with the approach of the World Cup – the motivation being undoubtedly even stronger -, its level has risen. More incisive, he was decisive on several occasions in big posters. A decisive passer against Tottenham in C1 and Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1, he also scored a decisive goal in the victory against AS Monaco (2-3). All within two weeks. A real rise in power, as he recognized in mid-November, when discussing his selection for the France team for the 2022 World Cup: “Over the last three weeks, I have increased in strength, I have raised my level of performance. It counted at the time of the final choice. […] When I returned to France, in Marseille, I had a little more complicated start. My level of play now rises from match to match. I’m in one of my best times. I gotta keep going and never let go“, he indicated.

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A start to the year 2023 with a bang

And precisely, Jordan Veretout continued his momentum. He did not suffer the repercussions of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar – where he played very little – and in particular the lost final against Argentina. On the contrary, he came back with a knife between his teeth. Much more enterprising, he has established himself as one of the strong men of the Marseille team at the start of 2023. After scoring against ESTAC then against FC Lorient in Ligue 1, the midfielder has was the author of a magnificent decisive pass for Mattéo Guendouzi during of the round of 16 of the Coupe de France against Stade Rennes (1-0). A return to the fore that he attributes to the Marseille collective: “It is also having the confidence of the partner. Even I take pleasure in getting into the surface, creating a surplus. We know that behind it is strong, that it will cover us. Yes, it is felt on the ground, we are well, we repeat the efforts“, he explained at the microphone of Prime Video after the success against Troyes.

Igor Tudor, his trainer is now fully satisfied with his performance: “He has the characteristics for our football, he has a good outlook, a good mentality, he understands me because he played in Italy. He’s a player we wanted“, assured the Croatian technician – few followers of praise – at a press conference. This Saturday, against AS Monaco, Jordan Veretout will once again have the opportunity to demonstrate his fine form. Will it be decisive again? Reply at the end of the evening.

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