Returning after the national team gathering in October, in the confrontation with Strasbourg in round 9 of Ligue 1, coach Luis Enrique suddenly let Kolo Muani and Ousmane Dembele sit on the bench. Instead, he chose young talent Bradley Barcola and Kylian Mbappe to play as a striker with Goncalo Ramos.
The calculations of the Spanish strategist have brought a certain effect, despite the fact that Strasbourg is only a weak opponent compared to the general level in Ligue 1. More worth mentioning, the home team of “Parc des Kings” Tu” can win without the French attacking duo. This caused both of their positions in the main squad to be severely shaken.
After a period of favor since the beginning of the season, Ousmane Dembélé is struggling to prove his position in the reigning Ligue 1 champion squad. Paris Saint-Germain once had to spend a large amount of money in exchange for support. The French winger’s service has been great, but until now, the contributions he has made are still very limited.
In 10 matches in all competitions, despite being given the best possible conditions by his teammates to score goals, the former Barcelona player has not once “fired” for PSG. The French player’s ability to dribble and break through is not very effective and does not really hurt the opponent’s defense. Typically, in the confrontation with Strasbourg that took place early this morning.
Similar to Ousmane Dembele, Randal Kolo Muani is also having difficulty integrating with the new team. Coming on to replace Gonçalo Ramos in the 67th minute, the former Frankfurt striker only left behind total disappointment when the 25-year-old striker did not have a single notable situation. The connection between him and Kylian Mbappe is relatively faint.
Remember, in the final hours of the last summer transfer window, Paris Saint-Germain had to spend up to 80 million euros to bring him to the “Parc of the Princes” from Frankfurt. However, until now, the striker born in 1998 has only scored 2 goals, a modest achievement compared to the amount of money PSG spent.
PSG’s poor performance since the beginning of the season forced coach Luis Enrique to make changes in both playing style and personnel. If they continue to perform like in the most recent match, the possibility that Ousmane Dembele and Randal Kolo Muani will have to get used to the bench is relatively high.
Both need to try and put in more effort, instead of thinking that they will automatically get a starting spot thanks to the sky-high transfer fee that PSG paid. Many sources even confirmed that the French giant is starting to get fed up with Ousmane Dembele and is ready to sell him in the upcoming winter transfer window.
Huy Truong | 15:00 October 22, 2023