Give him "a piece of meat to quench his hunger," as he says, and he will pounce on it.
In 2018, Thomas Meunier was already this man with his tongue out and this footballer capable of dazzling once out of the sidelines.
At the time, he was playing at PSG and had been relegated to replace him after the arrival of Dani Alves.
Three years later, it is with the Belgian selection that the side remakes us the blow of the unexpected hero.
On Saturday, the Red Devils won 3-0 for their entry into contention against Russia.
A demonstration Lukaku sauce in which Meunier, 29, was not supposed to participate in his first season in Dortmund, after a spoiled goodbye in Paris (2016-2020), proved to be disappointing.
Injured twice, he never settled in the eleven of Erling Haaland's teammates, before being squarely shelved by the new coach Edin Terzic whose four-defender system was hardly favorable to him.
In short, there was nothing abnormal that Timothy Castagne, one of the revelations of Leicester's Premier League season, started the Euro for him.
"He told me he was commonplace"
This new hierarchy will have lasted only 27 minutes, the time that Castagne and the Russian Kuzyayev collide violently in a duel of the head.
Victim of six fractures in the right cheekbone, the first had to leave the tournament.
Meanwhile, Thomas Meunier made a thunderous comeback in his favorite role of right piston.
Particularly invigorated, according to him, by the return of the public in the stadiums, he will score an opportunist goal after seven minutes before delivering a caviar for Lukaku at the end of the match.
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- beIN SPORTS (@beinsports_FR) June 12, 2021
“I found his pass even more beautiful than his goal. It was Meunier all spitting out this foray into the powerful axis, believes journalist Thomas Bricmont. Author of a long documentary format devoted to Meunier, and broadcast at the beginning of June on RTBF, he says he is “a little amazed” by the state of form of the right side. “He's coming out of a year that wasn't catastrophic but difficult. He fell hard very quickly when he arrived in Dortmund and never felt in the loop. I remember he told me he thought he was trite. However, Meunier's level depends a lot on his physique, he is not the most technical player in the world without offending him ”.
This Thursday afternoon's duel against Denmark (6 p.m.) will say more about Meunier's ability to repeat his efforts.
"I only played four full games in 2021. But I am struggling to fill my rhythm deficit, hoping that my enthusiasm will overcome my physical delay," said the former striker.
Back on the pitch but also on Twitter
However, be careful not to disperse this enthusiasm on social networks, the Belgian's other playground.
In recent days, he could not help but tackle the "superiority complex" of certain French consultants who have asked, roughly, their neighbors to deflate their "belly" and "go back to eat fries".
Nobody seeming to love nobody more than themselves.
Speaks about her often, often in glowing terms, makes fun of you, wants to gain the upper hand, always seems to despise her world, and in fact has a serious lack of self-confidence.
Welcome to the paradox of the superiority complex.
- Thomas Meunier (@ThomMills) June 14, 2021
Peccadilloes, according to Thomas Bricmont. “He's a mature person, but sometimes a little provocative in his communication. Meunier was not indoctrinated in a training center. So he responds like the players of the 1990s generations. But it's not Cantona either. The players are so smooth that the slightest word from Meunier takes on enormous proportions ”. “We are still the number 1 team in the world. To beat us, it will take a hell of an armada ”, had had the misfortune to let go of Meunier after the match against Russia. Undoubtedly the euphoria of the ghost.