Excellent at the start of the season, the right side of Paris Saint-Germain has been in great difficulty for a month.
That’s all the complexity of football. the Paris Saint Germain had achieved on paper a very high-end recruitment, but in the field, it is much more complicated. There are those who can do much better (Messi, Wijnaldum), the one who has not yet played a minute (Ramos), a youngster who shows great promises (Nuno Mendes) and a goalkeeper who is present for the moment. (Donnarumma). And also, there is the case Achraf Hakimi.
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During the first weeks of the season, the Moroccan international could boast of being the best Parisian rookie of the summer. His debut was brilliant, his speed and his technical qualities transformed the right flank of PSG, which had been suffering in recent seasons. The high point ? His decisive double (1-2), which allowed him to post 3 goals and 2 assists on the clock after two months of competition.
Not a successful cross for 12 matches
But since ? Nothing. In addition to showing some defensive gaps (he received a red card in Marseille), the former Inter player is much less sharp offensively, the area where he is supposed to make the difference. It has been 5 matches in a row that he has not attempted a single shot in Ligue 1. More annoying, Hakimi is 12 consecutive matches without any successful cross, indicates the Paris Stats Germain account.
In Bordeaux, the former Inter player touched 71 balls, a high total. But he played extremely low, caused few differences, and was mostly content to defend, not always well (2 duels won out of 9). This is worrying for Mauricio Pochettino, who relies on his full-backs to bring danger. But Hakimi may also need to breathe, as Colin Dagba comes back from injury, and his coach seems to be counting on Thilo Kehrer.
Hakimi and Bernat’s “heatmaps” in Bordeaux…
Help (don’t go see Hakimi’s last season with Inter) pic.twitter.com/TBSpPDuaHk
– Paris Stats Germain (@ParisStats) November 6, 2021