The deal seems to be more or less complete this morning with a leaked picture of Julian Draxler posing alongside the direct of football at PSG: Patrick Kluivert, with his name with the number 23 on the back of a Paris Saint Germain kit. So following the move confirmed by Wolfsburg on social media, is the German the perfect fit for Paris or will he woe like many other of the summer signings have done so far?
There is certainly no doubting his talent. The young German international has made a solid reputation on the pitch all across of Europe. When he was at FC Schalke 04, Draxler was held in very high-esteem across the world as a young, talented footballer and since then he has gone on to play (and score) at the Euro’s with the world champions and last season he and Wolfsburg made it to the quarter finals of the Champions League fear being knocked out in unfortunate circumstances by the eventual winners Real Madrid.
But despite these achievements in his career, Draxler has never really reached his full potential which can lead to doubts about his high profile transfer to PSG. Only recording two assist and failing to register a single goal this season in 13 games in the Bundesliga is simply unacceptable for a player whose meant to be worth around €40m! His price has certainly indicated this rough season so far, falling considerably from the rumoured €70m price that PSG were biding in the summer. Furthermore, his attitude has been scrutinised through out his time in Germany. The German has forced his way out of clubs, giving him a lot of criticism in Germany and a poor reputation off the pitch.
The main reason Draxler has been brought by Paris Saint Germain is to give depth and solidarity in the squad in order to be able to recover form the dreadful first half of the season. He is certainly versatile up front too. Draxler prefers to be played in an attacking midfield role, possibly fitting perfectly into Unai Emery’s 4-2-3-1 formation. Likewise, Draxler can also fit into the default 4-3-3 at PSG, playing in the front three whilst giving others such as Angel Di Maria and Lucas Moura competition for staring places.
At this moment in time, Draxler introduction looks to mark the end for Jese Rodriquez at PSG. The Spaniard has not settled in Paris, failing to challenge for a starting position, mush to the disappointment of Paris fans and owners who brought him in during the summer. But on a positive note, Giovani Lo Celso is now with the Paris squad for the first time. The young, new signing from the summer should not be overlooked either and certainly looks to have the potential to get a good role in the Paris Saint Germain team.
There will be more transfer targets that QSI will look for in January in order to motivate an pick the team back up again. And in general, despite the bad form and failed expectations up to this stage, the German has only recently turned 23 years old and I believe that he has got the talent alongside the high potential and confidence to be a real hit in Paris in seasons to come.