Thomas Tuchel repeats it at will. He needs a defensive midfielder from this mercato! To fulfill its objectives and aim as high as possible in the Champions League that makes salivate PSG, the German technician wants a new reinforcement in his midfield. It's not really surprising. The absence of a real 6 is screaming in the Parisian workforce. And this is not new. In this post, Paris has even multiplied the mishaps in recent seasons to compensate for absences and the retirement of Thiago Motta.
There is no point in expanding Adrien Rabiot who does not want to play this position and has been sidelined by the club's management since his refusal to extend. But the failures were legion in Paris. While Benjamin Stambouli and Grzegorz Krychowiak did not do the trick, Unai Emery was forced to try the Giovanni Lo Celso experience until the fiasco against Real Madrid. The option Lassana Diarra, arrived free last January, it was not conclusive. And since the beginning of the season, Tuchel has tried Marquinhos to this position, with varying degrees of success.
So for this winter, the PSG hopes to stop this series. And catch the rare pearl to solve this problem and especially to guard against a possible blow. For this, PSG's target number 1 would be Idrissa Gueye, according to The Team. The middle of Everton, passed by Lille, would have caught the eye of the Parisian staff and Thomas Tuchel. And if Julian Weigl is also still in the Parisian viewfinder, Gueye has many assets for him. It could even be the ideal solution. "It's even a very good move for Paris", confirms Benoît Pedretti, who worked with him in Lille and is now Alain Perrin's assistant in Nancy.
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An exceptional "tackler" and a defensive profile sought by Tuchel
With Idrissa Gueye, PSG recover a real defensive profile. And a lover of the duel. With his sense of anticipation and his love of combat, the Senegalese international is illustrated by his ability to scratch balloons. His impact in the laundry is so obvious when you look at a match of the Toffees, where he regularly plays two in front of the defense. "He is a real recuperator, who is hard on the man", explains Pedretti.Idri when he goes to the duel, he always comes out with the ball ", confirmed this summer to AFP Rudi Garcia, who achieved the double Coupe-Championship of France 2011 for the first pro season of Senegalese.
His statistics show it. This season, he is the second player in the Premier League in tackles per game (3.9). And as much to put the points on the i: the head recuperator of Senegal master the art of the tackle as illustrated by his percentage of successful tackles (+ 80%). He also recovers 2.4 ballons per game, the 3rd total of Premier League among midfielders!
Its volume of play is also consistent. He does not count his shopping. And covers almost the entire field. He "has always had exceptional athletic qualities, continues Garciahe is still moving and very active at recovery. He has a little Ngolo Kanté, but in a slightly different mode, harder to duel ". With the Senegalese, Tuchel could therefore count on an ideal player to replace Marquinhos. Able to play runner but also "sentinel"According to Pedretti the former Lille could even evolve with the Brazilian defender.On the only flaw: the quality of the first Paris recovery would feel.
A limited offensive contribution but an "exceptional water carrier"
Idrissa Gueye is of course not only defending. He can also break lines with his ability to hit. But overtaking is not his forte. His contribution to the offensive domain remains limited. Again, the statistics illustrate: he has not scored in the Premier League this season in 19 games. And if he has a big shot, he has only three goals in 120 league games across the Channel.
But there is no mistaking a battle: Tuchel has enough arguments in the offensive domain to create danger. Thus, this lack of offensive impact is not necessarily a problem for this PSG. "In a team, you need water carriers and it's not negative when I say it. And he is an exceptional water carrier", summarizes Pedretti, who praises the sporting but also human qualities of his former partner: "He has the right mentality, he does not speak much, but he is ready to do the ungrateful tasks, to get rid of the team, he is a great boy, who is adorable to live on a daily basis".
A lean experience at the top level
The real question with Idrissa Gueye is actually more related to her experience. Passed by Lille, Aston Villa and Everton, the 29-year-old Senegalese has never played in a PSG-level formation. And he played very little in the European Cup (12 matches of C1, 17 in Europa League). There remains a doubt about his ability to have the same performance at the highest level. "The only uncertainty is his level in the Champions League, recognizes Benoit Pedretti. But he showed with the Senegalese selection that he had the ability to raise his level. And we must not forget that the Premier League is a high level championship, but it has been solid for several seasons ".
We must also take everything into account. And especially the reality of the market. It is no coincidence that Paris has not found the pearl rare in recent seasons in this sector of play. High-level defensive circles are not numerous on the market. "There is an interesting price-performance ratio with regard to financial fair play (note: Everton is asking for 30 million euros according to The Team), confirms Pedretti again. And he can break free from his club. Players of his level who are releasable, we do not find that easily. He has the level to play in Paris. He is the right person for his qualities of man and footballer. Because he knows the championship of France and he speaks French so there will be no problems of integration. In addition, he is fit. Everything is therefore positive for his coming. And if it may not be unavoidable in the Parisian eleven, Gueye can help balance the Parisian eleven and will bring a bench depth to a post where Tuchel is sorely lacking. Before the end of the season when Paris wants to have high ambitions, this is the kind of detail that can change the game.