The subject you have chosen: who should replace Lukaku and Batshuayi in Les Diables?

Like every Thursday, we suggested that you choose a subject dealt with by our sports editorial staff. This week you want to know more about Roberto Martinez’s attack against Estonia (11/13) and Wales (11/16).

Neither Romelu Lukaku nor Michy Batshuayi is, for the moment, officially withdrawn from these two matches. But Tuchel evoked “a return after the international break” for Lukaku while Batshuayi has just had a strain on the femoral biceps with Besiktas and it’s a safe bet that, even if he is selected by Martinez this Friday, the staff are will be careful with him.

As a reminder, a victory against Estonia will be enough for the Devils to validate their ticket for the 2022 World Cup. In the unlikely event of failure, a draw against Wales three days later would do the trick. The pressure is therefore quite relative. However, Roberto Martinez is a man of hierarchy. The Spaniard has often been conservative in the way he manages his squad and it would therefore be surprising if Christian Benteke is not the perfect replacement for Lukaku and Batshuayi during this international break.

Scorer against Arsenal and Newcastle in October, Benteke is in good shape in addition to possessing a profile which is perfectly suited to the game of the Devils. Under Roberto Martinez, the ex-standarman has only started twice: against Russia in 2017 and against Cyprus in 2019. With two doubles in the key. Also a scorer during his rise to the game against Belarus last March, he still seems to be the real No.3 in Martinez’s hierarchy of attackers.

A surprise in the selection?

Dodi Lukebakio is also expected to be part of the selection. But the former carolo plays most of the time on the right wing in Wolfsburg. If the packages of Lukaku and Batshuayi are confirmed, surprises could be part of the list unveiled Wednesday. A return from Origi cannot be ruled out. We believe less in a first cape for Openda and Vertessen, which will be useful to Matthijssen with the Imps.

Dante Vanzeir (Union) and Benito Raman (Anderlecht) must also believe in it, especially since the coach cited their names last August, ensuring that he was keeping an eye on them. Never mind, these two men have been evolving for several months in a system with two attackers. Far from what is done with the Devils, then.

There remains Charles De Ketelaere, the most “hype” Belgian player at the start of the season. When he selected him for the Nations League, Roberto Martinez had mentioned a possibility for the Brugeois to “show up in the absence of Doku and Mertens”. Proof that he sees him as an attacking midfielder rather than a true center forward. And given the return of Mertens, the form of Carrasco, Thorgan Hazard and Vanaken and the quest for confidence from De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, we would not be totally surprised to see “CDK” left at the disposal of the Hopes, who can take a big step towards qualifying for the Euro during this month of November.

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The subject you have chosen: who should replace Lukaku and Batshuayi in Les Diables?