Women's Euro 2022 - Melvin Mallard, the 'Joker' who could end up replacing Marie Antoinette Catuto
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Women’s Euro 2022 – Melvin Mallard, the ‘Joker’ who could end up replacing Marie Antoinette Catuto

From our special correspondent in Rotherham,

The red carpet theory will pass the crash test. If Melvine Mallard brings this color into her hair, it’s only because she hopes her mojo won’t leave her. “I’m not a superstitious person, but I always think positively. I finished the scorer at Euro U19 with pigtails in red. So I said to myself, “Now I will always play with red mats.” The last time I tried blonde pigtails and didn’t score a goalI laughed, as always, with the Onze Mondial last April.

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So, in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Blue’s base camp, we notice it more easily. Even without it, Melvin Mallard remains separate, with her airy gait and always smiling. He embodies, like her best friend Salma Pasha, the new generation of Lyon, who is called to take power at Les Bleues in the coming years. In the near future, Corinne Deacon appears to have chosen Ouleymata Sarr’s option against Iceland (9pm). immediately. Because with Mallard, you can’t swear at anything because her flight to heights took place at supersonic speed, just like the player she is.

Recalling the Melvine Mallard path, it’s imperative to go back to this year 2014 where everything changes. Having become passionate about football on her island of Reunion, becoming the captain of the boys’ team as a central defender, she finally participated in the U15 Cup with her team from Saint-Denis.

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Spotted by Bombastor

In this tournament, there is Sonia Bombastor, OL’s Youth Directorrelaunched it for OL Play in 2021. I scored a lot of goals and got the title of top scorer. She came to see me to communicate with my parents. A week later, upon my return to Reunion, my mother received a phone call asking me to come to OL. I have two months to think about it. I made the decision in two days (laughs). I said to myself “Olympique Lyonnais, there’s Wendy Renard…”. Yes of course yes. I am 14 years old, and I never asked myself any questions”.

At OL Training Center, I was impressed by the liveliness of their support, speed, versatility, and freshness. Quickly, she was offered a professional contract, and in the midst of a very large workforce trying to nibble on playing time. Hazrat Wendy Renard, the idol of her life who became her friend, is growing at her own pace, and continues to tie together goals with troubling ease in the youth categories.

Melvin Mallard and Wendy Renard in an OL . shirt

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It is logical that Gil Echem, coach of the U-19 team, invited her to the European U19 Championship 2019. The striker with red braids, finished the European champion and top scorer of the competition (4 goals). But its potential is still limited, especially in the end, and OL has chosen to lend it to Fleury. Mallard’s irresistible rise among the pros could begin.

hot season

If Covid upsets the basic plan, it’s another player to be picked by Jean-Luc Vasseur at OL in the summer of 2020. So much so that when Ada Hegerberg and Eugenie Le Sommer’s appeals run out, the former Lyon boss does not care: It’s Mallard’s hour. Against Juventus, in C1, she scored in the first leg. Also on the way back. Same price for Brondby. For her, as for OL, it is certainly made of a different wood.

This season was one of the irresistible rise of force under the orders of… Sonia Bombastor. Fate again. With 17 goals on the clock and insane activity in her left lane as her pact with Salma Pasha drove the European defences into a frenzy, it soon became apparent to Corinne Deacon. Selected in September 2020, they are slow to find the network in choice but open to Kazakhstan in October 2021 with a double.

Melvin Mallard vs Italy

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Melvin is a young player who hasn’t found the net with us yetpraises her and then the blues coach, seduced by her profile. She’s doing really well at the club and shows a lot on a daily basis. She shows a lot of desire, she is really an example for our youth. They really should follow this example, because Melvin is a very conscientious person, and I’m glad for her that she was finally rewarded for her efforts.“.

His progress was amazing

Biggest room for improvement, I think is two filesconfirms Gilles Equim, also under the spell of the French striker’s evolution. I find it unusual with the France team. I think her progress has been amazing, in her confidence, in her ability to make the difference in front of goal. His record has grown tremendously. Before you is a little smarter, less lethal, with periods of absence. She’s more regular in her game, in her sharing“.

Spongy and hard-working, Mallard took advice from others and in particular Marie Antoinette Catuto, who could take her place for the rest of the Euro. “I talk to her a lot, we talk a lot about footballShe explained to us before the start of the competition. In training, she advises me a lot. Me, I have this hesitation problem when I come face to face with the guard. Mary is something she used to have and she manages it well now. That’s why she was a top scorer, why was she able to score difficult goals so easily, so she gives me a lot of advice“.

Against Iceland, it is likely that it is expected to be a super offshoot. “Every time she entered, she brought her rhythmic qualities but she is also able to keep the ball with her back to goalReally, in Wendy Renard’s analysis on Sunday. She’s an instinct player, we don’t need to talk to her, she’ll play by her characterBefore he hoped for more? It was Jill Ekim who eventually planned it all. And his former Under-19 coach, upon his return to Corinne Deacon’s roster, had these words he hopes will be preliminary to his former student:For me he is more than just a joker“.

with Vincent Russell

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