Picking a PSG Side to Best Utilise Edinson Cavani
With French newspaper L'Equipe stating that Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani will undergo a medical this Monday ahead of completing a move to Paris Saint-Germain (Football Italia), attention has turned to how he will be used at the capital club.
Still just 26 years old, it is quite easy to see just why he will command a transfer fee that is said to exceed €60 million in the days to come.
But with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Lucas Moura already at the Parc des Princes, just how will the club piece together their side to get the best out of their players?
The simple answer, of course, would be to sell Ibrahimovic—the club's top-scorer in title success just last season. Thus far, however, that does not appear to be the plan.
New manager Laurent Blanc insisted to L'Equipe only last week: "Cavani and Ibrahimovic are compatible. Their styles compliment each other." (Goal.com) Some, though, are not quite so convinced.
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson explained earlier in the week how Ibrahimovic has been earmarked for a deeper, more creative role, while Lavezzi and Lucas will operate from the flanks.
It is a system that would certainly have more than enough firepower to steamroll domestic opposition, but will it cope with the strength in midfield of Europe's top sides? That remains to be seen.
If it comes down to an either-or scenario in big matches, someone is going to be left unhappy.
In Lavezzi and Lucas, PSG have two ideal supply lines from wide for the Uruguayan. Their roles in the side are virtually unquestioned, bar the possibility of Frenchman Jeremy Menez coming in for the Brazilian on the right.
At the base of the midfield, Blaise Matuidi will almost certainly continue his box-to-box role alongside a deep-lying playmaker. At the moment, that man is Marco Verratti, but there have been indications that the club would like to recruit an alternative ahead of the season opener.
While the defence will have little impact on Cavani's role as such, reports that the club are looking to upgrade on full-backs Christophe Jallet (Le10Sport) and Maxwell (Goal.com) can only be a good thing.
The big question therefore comes down to the front pairing, and whether Cavani would be better suited alongside Ibrahimovic, or with a playmaker in behind—Javier Pastore being the prime candidate.
Logically, the idea of leaving out a man who scored 30 goals in the league last season would seem absurd. But there are many question marks around the proposed formation.
Until the season kicks off, or there is some change in the status of either player, it will remain that way. Ligue 1 may not be good enough to highlight any weaknesses, but there will be doubts over the setup when it comes to achieving PSG's main goals for the coming seasons.
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