Who is Leandro Paredes, the first winter debut of Paris Saint-Germain?


Presentation of the profile of the Argentinian midfielder, the first PSG rookie this winter. A versatile and welcome reinforcement in the middle of Paris.

Focused on De Jong's record, Paris Saint-Germain recovered quickly after the Dutch ball embarked on FC Barcelona on Wednesday. Less than a week later, the Capital club formalized the arrival of midfielder Leandro Paredes. The Argentine passed the medical examination successfully and signed a four-and-a-half-year contract (until June 2023). The transfer fee is about 40 million euros. While Chelsea was also in the race, it was finally the PSG that won the favor of the international Albiceleste (9 selections, 1 goal).

Although Paredes is on a list of several names, the 24-year-old is also not a standard choice. Thomas Tuchel very much appreciates the profile of the player and is already thinking about his association with Marco Verratti, who could ignite. Unfortunately for the Paris coach, it will take a little longer to see the pair at work because the Italian was injured in the game against Guingamp (9-0) last Saturday at the Parc des Princes. Your return to competition should only occur within a few weeks.

Only Serie A fans and the Russian championship really know the newcomer in Paris. Trained at Boca Juniors, he left his native Argentina at the age of 19 for Europe and Chievo Verona on loan (from January to June 2014), with a training of number 10 in his luggage. He is then loaned to AS Roma in 2014-2015, which raises the option to buy and then lends the following season to Empoli. Back in the Italian capital in 2016-2017, he contributes to Wolf's very good season (2ª Serie A behind Juve, untouchable), with 27 matches, 1,469 minutes played, sentinel. Against all odds, Rome transferred to Zénith Saint-Petersburg in July 2017 for 23 million euros.

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A player attracted by the goal

"He's not really a defensive midfielder or a box-to-box player. He likes to attack and hates defending says Gosha Chernov, Zenith's correspondent for Russian media Sport Express. Russian fans do not like it because they often stay there when the ball is lost. When you lose the ball, you have to try to get it back. Well, no, not Leo " .

A speech likely to concern Paris fans, but reminiscent of Adrien Rabiot's profile, more a reliever than a pure defensive midfielder. In fact, given his statistics, the Argentine is attracted to the goal: from his arrival in the Russian first division, he is the author of 7 goals (and 7 assists), one goal every 6 games. (514 minutes) with St. Petersburg. Always pushed forward, he tries on average more than 2 rounds per game, with a success rate of more than 40%.

When Gosha Chernov evokes the player's strengths, he does not hesitate a single second: "His passing quality is extraordinary, he also knows how to keep up with the attack" . In fact, the stocking can boast an average rate of 87% of successful passes. But the nuance of the Russian journalist, "He's not very good at long balloons." The set kicks have no secrets for him, according to Chernov, who is currently accompanying the leaders of the Russian first division in Qatar.

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A valuable versatility for Thomas Tuchel

All other observers describe him as a medium enjoying small spaces – like Marco Verratti – and very creative. He likes to break the lines, thanks to his transient qualities, dribble (82% success, the second best percentage of the Russian championship) and reading the game, however he is more comfortable with the ball than without. Paredes' versatility is a valuable asset to Thomas Tuchel, who is currently lacking in training.

While Lassana Diarra is leaving and Adrien Rabiot is out of the professional group, Marco Verratti, the only current feature, has been injured. The injury of the Italian is an unfortunate setback for the Paris coach who would certainly like to test his new duet in several matches before facing Manchester United on Feb. 12 at Old Trafford.

Anyway, such a profile, available during the winter transfer window, is a blessing for PSG, who desperately needed reinforcement in the midfield.


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