“There is still no structure at PSG”
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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that Georginio Wijnaldum’s problems at Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) are due to structural problems in the team’s line-up.
Wijnaldum moved to PSG from Liverpool on a free transfer this summer. However, the Dutchman, who played 237 games for Liverpool in five years, has struggled to win a place in the Parisian starting eleven.
Wijnaldum was signed by PSG for his experience and incredible qualities on the field. However, he has not had enough opportunities to show any of his attributes. The likes of Ander Herrera, Idrissa Gueye and Marco Verratti have been preferred ahead of Wijnaldum so far this season.
Thierry Henry believes this to be the case due to the lack of structure at PSG at the moment. However, he feels that Wijnaldum is the one who should find a solution to the problem. Speaking about the Dutchman’s situation at PSG, Henry said:
“He is not a bad player, but he needs structure and there is still none at PSG. Wijnaldum must try to find a solution.”
Wijnaldum enjoyed an extremely successful five-season stint at Anfield after joining Liverpool in the summer of 2016. The 30-year-old played a starring role in Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League triumph, notably scoring two goals in their famous 4-0 win over Barcelona. in the second leg of the semifinals.
The Dutchman was also key to the Reds’ success in the 2019-20 Premier League. Overall, he managed 22 goals and 16 assists in competitions for Liverpool. Despite being the workhorse in Jurgen Klopp’s dynamic system, the club and Georginio Wijnaldum were unable to agree on an extension.
The 30-year-old, who was a fan favorite at Anfield, eventually decided to leave the club on a free transfer to join PSG.
Thierry Henry’s comments highlight PSG and Wijnaldum’s lackluster start to the 2021-22 season
PSG are off to a dizzying start to their new season. The activity of the Parisians in the summer transfer window left many fans optimistic about the club’s chances of dominating the country and the continent.
However, it has been far from an easy path for the French giants. Although PSG lead the Ligue 1 table with nine wins from ten games, they have been shaky at times. New signing Lionel Messi has yet to fully settle, while Neymar Jr. has also been inconsistent.
In the Champions League, PSG impressed in their 2-0 win over Manchester City on matchday two. However, he looked undecided and lacking in ideas in the goalless draw against Club Brugge.
Henry’s comments also highlight Wijnaldum’s poor start to life at his new club in the summer. The Dutch midfielder has played just 529 minutes in 12 competitive appearances for PSG. Wijnaldum has only made six starts and has completed the full 90 minutes only twice.
It remains to be seen if the 30-year-old manages to become a regular first-team player for the Ligue 1 giants.
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