Echiejile not guaranteed first team at Monaco

In Nigeria
Jul 27th, 2014

Monaco new coach Leonardo Jardim has said Nigeria defender Elderson Echiejile will again have to fight for a first-team place in his team with France youngster Layvin Kurzawa.

Last season, Italian coach Claudio Ranieri preferred France U-21 star Kurzawa at left back to the more experienced Elderson, who joined the French Ligue 1 side from Sporting Braga of Portugal in the winter.

Jardim worked with Elderson at Braga, but he maintained his target is to have a squad of competitive players and not a starting XI if Monaco were to achieve their targets for the new season.

“What is most important is to have a group of 17, 18, 19 competitive players, not just a team of 11,” answered Jardim when he was asked by France Football who would be his first-choice at left back between Elderson and Kurzawa.

Both players have played in that position in pre-season in Colombia and Miami.

Monaco, who open their French Ligue 1 campaign against Lorient on August 10, are now billed to feature in the Emirates Cup in London against Arsenal and Valencia next weekend.

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