Football – Transfers: Georginio Wijnaldum’s Roma loan, another PSG midfield failure

Georginio Wijnaldum

Arriving in Paris on a free in the summer of 2021 alongside Messi, Ramos and Hakimi to complete one of the most spectacular transfer windows in football history, Wijnaldum was a superb shot. He showed off the coat of an extremely versatile midfielder capable of offering a large volume of play. The ideal profile to contribute offensively, while working to fill the spaces left by Neymar, Mbappé and soon Messi.

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PSG transfer Wijnaldum to Roma


But if Robin Van Persie was nicknamed the Flying Dutchman after his magnificent header against Spain in the 2014 World Cup (5-1), Wijnaldum could steal the nickname from him. Not because he scored a header in a glide, but because he was often ghostly. Within the Big 5, he is one of the 2% of midfielders who trigger the fewest pressures and the 1% who make the fewest interceptions, tackles and passes…

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mohamed sissoko

Signed in 2011 from Juventus for around 8 million euros, he is one of the first recruits of the QSI era… and his first midfield failure. Not very fit, he did not feature in his first match until the end of September in a Europa League match against Bilbao during which he… received a red card.

Since then, Sissoko has put in some good performances in the league, but not enough to make an impression, before a knee injury in the off-season. It will take time for him to recover. In fact, he admits it himself, his lifestyle is not beyond reproach: “You go back to your city, with your friends, with everything around you, you are not particularly focused on your football…After a loan move to Fiorentina, PSG and Sissoko finally agree to terminate his contract at the end of the 2012/2013 season.

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Yohan Cabaye

Yohan Cabaye, recruited in the winter of 2014 to take over from Laurent Blanc, also suffered from the Parisian context, but not in the same way. Under the colors of the capital, he did not benefit from the expected playing time, nor did he show great things. In any case, it is not enough to justify the 25 million euros they have put on him.

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When I arrived, some players didn’t want me to come, I felt that“, complained the French, once back in England, on the microphone of Canal +. The stars who had just arrived at the club, among them a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, weighed their wishes and their moods in the dressing room And Cabaye seems to have done Some of his post-PSG media appearances also give the impression of a player who was, at times, a bit overwhelmed by the pressure surrounding the Qatar project.

Benjamin Istanbul

In the summer of 2015, Stambouli was clearly brought in to try and replace the failed Yohan Cabaye. And the former Montpellier, taken from Tottenham for around eight million euros, did not do better.

Accompanied by a cold reception at the Parc des Princes, the Marseille player struggles to exist in the Parisian midfield. Benjamin Stambouli’s brief stint in Paris can be described as a failure. Although he played 27 Ligue 1 games. While the Frenchman had four years left on his contract, Emery, recently installed on the bench in place of Laurent Blanc, made it clear he was not in his plans, prompting his departure to Schalke.

Benjamin Stambouli – PSG

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Grzegorz Krychowiak

Two full seasons at Sevilla FC for the Pole and Paris draws the checkbook: 27.5 million euros. However, in the capital, Krychowiak will know especially … the bench. Surprisingly, Unai Emery decides to completely rule out the former Bordeaux player.

Before I signed a contract with PSG, I asked Emery if he really wanted to have me in the team. He had answered Yes” Krychowiak recalls. Three months later, Emery said he didn’t want me in the team.“he completes. It is difficult to analyze this failure as he did not appear on the pitch during his French freelance. One season and then he leaves.

Grzegorz Krychowiak (PSG)

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Lassana Diarra

A high-flying 2015-2016 season with OM, followed by a decent 2016-2017 under Rudi Garcia and Lassana Diarra caught the eye of Paris Saint-Germain. Following his breach of contract with OM, Paris will be looking to bolster their midfield during the 2018 winter transfer window.

Hampered by knee problems, he quickly dropped out of Thomas Tuchel’s plans and only managed twelve terms during the duration of his contract. The contract was amicably terminated a year after his arrival. Diarra, who returned to the French national team thanks to his performances in the Olympic jersey in 2016, ended up preferring to focus on the development of his energy drink brand.

Lassana Diarra (PSG)

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Giovanni Lo Celso

The term failure is perhaps a little heavy for the case of Giovanni Lo Celso. However, he did not bring what he should have brought to the capital. Recruited from Rosario (Argentina) in 2016 for 10 million euros, he will return there first to mature. Settling in Paris, if he has the shoulders to be a good Ligue 1 midfielder, he has only played 33 games in the competition in 2017/2018 and doesn’t seem to have the ability to help PSG reach heights European

As evidence, he dragged his performance against Real Madrid in the first leg of the last 16 of the Champions League like a ball. On this dirty evening in February 2018, he drowned in the guardhouse, caused a penalty and multiplied the loss of dangerous bullets. With his installation on the bench, Tuchel clearly shows him that he is not part of his plans. PSG still achieves a good capital gain with a sale to Betis Sevilla for 22 million euros.

Giovani Lo Celso during PSG-Lyon in Ligue 1 on September 17, 2017

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Leandro Paredes

As for his aforementioned compatriot, Leandro Paredes didn’t really fail in Paris. When he is in good form, the Argentine has shown great things, even very good things. With the most outstanding, his match against Barça during the slap inflicted at Camp Nou in C1 in 2021 (4-1).

Enough for a promising player to buy 40 million euros? Surely not. And the problem is there. Passing efficiency, manages to advance the game with ease when opposition pressure is not too intense. Even so, defensively, the intensity of his work is too limited: he unleashes few pressures, intercepts and counters few balls. The test is one of the players who could well pay the price of the degreasing done to Campos and Henrique.

Leandro Paredes

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xavi simons

This time, it is neither a level of play problem, nor a locker room problem, nor a coaching problem. Xavi Simons, snatched from the Masia at 17 years old, suffered from another ailment that is eating away at PSG: between the youth and the first team, the artery is obstructed.

By the end of the season, he might have had the chance to earn playing time, even carving out a status as a late-game contender in Ligue 1 through strong performances. And yet, almost nothing. Not being a win-win situation for anyone, the young Dutchman took a free-kick at PSV this summer. He is not the first to prefer to leave the capital to boost a young career, certainly not the last.

Xavi Simons, the young PSG midfielder.

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