France’s win over England on Tuesday night was more than just a friendly – it was a chance for Premier League clubs to run the rule over some of their main transfer targets this summer.
The French side won an entertaining encounter 3-2 in Paris, recovering from the unlikely occurrence of a friendly red card to earn the spoils.
Ousmane Dembele scored the winner; restoring the home side’s lead after Harry Kane continued his red hot form by equalising from the penalty spot following Raphael Varane’s dismissal.
Earlier on defender Samuel Umititi and Djibril Sidibe had put France ahead after Kane’s early opener.
But how did those transfer targets get on?
We got out the traditional school grades to rate their performances…
Kylian Mbappe (Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal) – A-
Completely justified the mammoth price tag being quoted at the moment.
The young Monaco sensation was involved in everything good from a French perspective in the first half, picking the perfect pass which was ultimately squandered by Dembele.
Remained as effective in the second half despite the sending off, hitting the crossbar and then setting up Dembele again for the France winner.
Thomas Lemar (Tottenham, Chelsea) – B
Struggled initially and was both nutmegged by Kieran Trippier and guilty of wasting possession in the lead up to Kane’s opener.
The left-midfielder vastly improved after he settled though and his delivery from wide is almost unrivalled.
Tottenham and Chelsea are being heavily linked this summer and on this evidence he’d add quality in the final third to both sides.
Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City, Liverpool) – C
Rumoured to be off to City last week for a massive £40m but was unable to make much of an impact after an injury inside the opening 15 minutes.
Djibril Sidibe (Arsenal) – B+
Another member of the bristling Monaco side that defied all odds this season, Sidibe is the archetypal modern full back.
He was a constant outlet down the right while Dembele drifted inside and was in the right place at the right time to tuck away his first senior goal.
Sidibe is linked with Arsenal at the moment and would be a tidy replacement for Hector Bellerin should the Spaniard return to Barcelona.