After 10 years with FC Metz, Thomas Didillon will be facing a new challenge. The 22-year-old goalkeeper has signed with Belgian side RSC Anderlecht and will be looking to reinvigorate his career after slight stagnation due to injury.
Arriving in Metz at just 12 years of age, Didillon had all of his football education in the northeastern city. While developing in Metz, he earned the opportunity to represent his country internationally, playing for France at the U16, U18, U19, and U20 level.
The imposing goalkeeper’s time with the French club saw a peak in 2016 when, at just 20 years of age, he helped lead Metz to promotion from Ligue 2. His efforts between the sticks for Les Grenats in 2016 did not go unnoticed, as he was called up to France’s U21 side, making 6 appearances for Les Espoirs throughout the year.
The year before his successful 2015/16 season, Didillon made 31 appearances for the then-Belgian Second Division side RFC Seraing in a fruitful loan spell away from Metz. This experience in the Second Division, while not the same league that Anderlecht plays in, may lighten the load that moving to a new club can often put on a player.
More recently, the Metz #1 had a challenging 2017/18 season during which he made just nine appearances in Ligue 1. Didillon missed a large portion of the campaign due to back surgery in January and was out until May.
Despite late obstacles, Anderlecht will be hoping Didillon can quickly return to form. If he maintains the qualities that Metz credited him for in his departure announcement like professionalism, implication, kindness, and a strong character, then his time in Belgium will likely be a success.