When the list of 23 blues selected for the 2018 World Cup was announced, no one expected Lucas Hernandez to be among the lucky ones nominated to defend the colours of France in Russia. After very strong performances, it was one of the revelations of the competition and is now a sure bet of the tricolor squad. A few months before Euro 2020, another side tip the tip of his nose and could well be the next surprise of Didier Deschamps. What’s his name? Theo Hernandez, Lucas’ brother.
Early debut at Atlético, then at Alaves
Theo Hernandez joined Atlético at the age of 10 and has made all his ranges in the youth teams of the Madrid team. The young left-back quickly develops and follows in the footsteps of his older brother in the same position and with a similar style of play based on excessive aggression, rigor and envy. After being promoted at the age of 18 to Atlético’s reserve team, he has the honour of playing his first professional game with the first team on August 30, 2015. Despite an early start, the march seemed high for the young Frenchman and, after signing a new contract in favour of his training club, went on loan to Deportivo Alaves in order to gain experience and playing time. And this experience will be most beneficial to him, since, after a full season with 38 games played and two goals scored, he is spotted by Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid, with whom he commits in the summer of 2017.
Mixed integration at Real Madrid
Theo Hernandez will be noticed in the wrong ways, despite himself, when he signed for Real. Indeed, after signing his contract in favour of the club of the Spanish capital, he, like every recruit, trod the lawn of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in order to be introduced to the fans and to display his technical qualities. But this day will turn into a nightmare for the young side since he will only follow a few juggles before completely losing control of the ball and attracting the mockery of the football world. After this unfortunate episode, he will still achieve a full season under Zidane where he will play 16 games and win his first Champions League, certainly without playing (fierce competition obliges), but still being part of the group Victorious. After this instructive first season at Real, Theo Hernandez is on loan again; this time at Real Sociedad in the summer of 2018. Once again, he will be noticed on this loan and attract the covetousness of a great European club: AC Milan. So head to Italy for the younger Hernandez sibling.
Italy as a breeding ground
Who could have bet that the Marseille native would be AC Milan’s top scorer in January? However, Theo Hernandez seems to be the number one asset of the Milan attack, with 5 goals scored, while the Frenchman still occupies the same position, that of left side. Between speed, aggression and forward projection, it has all the characteristics necessary for a modern lateral. This season, he has already played in 16 games under the Milan jersey and has disappointed very little. His performances have thus won over the followers of Italian football, and the latter do not escape without a doubt the staff of the French team. A few months before Euro 2020, Lucas’ brother is indeed starting to make a place at the very highest level and remains a possible and serious candidate for the next list of 23. While his brother is still injured and living a complicated season, can Theo take over as a sideline while waiting for Lucas to return or live the Euro by his side? Answer on March 14, the date of the announcement of the 23 elected representatives.
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