Mercato Mercato / Ligue 1 / Paris Saint-Germain: What Renato Sanches can bring to PSG

Christophe Galtier should not experience too many problems to familiarize himself with his latest recruit. By securing the services of Renato Sanches, PSG offered him a player he knows particularly well after having had him under his command for two seasons in Lille. The former coach of the Mastiffs had also been able to revive the Portuguese international after his failure at Bayern Munich. This is a promising first element in the perspective of seeing the 24-year-old midfielder make his mark in the capital. There are others.

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A missing profile

This is certainly one of the first qualities that jumps out at Renato Sanches: his ability to gain meters with the ball at his feet. An asset that was missing in the Parisian workforce in general, and in the midfield in particular. The Portuguese international knows how to use his physical power and his sense of dribbling to eliminate the opponent in midfield and project himself into the final third of the opposing field. Where other Parisian midfielders are more focused on the passing game, in particular Marco Verratti and rookie Vitinha, Renato Sanches offers this opportunity to make a difference in another way. His profile is all the more interesting for PSG.

Paris have often suffered from not having a real striker among their midfielders. This is one of Verratti’s main flaws. It was a quality expected from Leandro Paredes, but the Argentinian has only too rarely shown it, or from Idrissa Gueye, but the Senegalese has not so often had the leisure to go on the attack. Renato Sanches not only has this ability to score long-range goals, but also this audacity which allows him to take his chance without hesitation. In a team where attacking talents are not lacking and monopolize the attention of the opponent, the Portuguese will have this argument to make.

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A welcome tactical flexibility

  • Double pivot in the 3-4-1-2

This is the basic scheme of Christophe Galtier on the preparation matches and the Champions Trophy. Renato Sanches can easily adapt to it within the double pivot of the midfield, in a central midfield role that he particularly likes. More torchbearer than recoverer, he seems complementary to other Parisian circles, in particular Verratti who can evolve further behind and thus offer him the necessary cover to allow him to project himself forward. But also Vitinha, able to play on several registers even if he also likes to bring the surplus in attack.

The option exists even if it seems difficult to consider in a team brought to play with three attacking elements, Kylian Mbappé, Leo Messi and Neymar. But the prospect of inflating the midfield by adding a third element to it can make sense, from the kick-off depending on the opposition or during the match depending on the scenario of the meeting. Renato Sanches would form a competitive trio with Verratti and Vitinha, both in recovery and in the use of the ball, with a particularly interesting technical level for the entire Parisian environment.

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  • Right winger in a 3-4-3

This role would not be very far from the one that Galtier had regularly entrusted to Renato Sanches in Lille, right midfielder in a 4-4-2. This is an option to consider especially if one of the three stars of the Parisian attack were to default, even if it would require modifying an offensive animation rather articulated around a leader and two axial attackers on the first matches. summer. The Portuguese in particular offers the possibility of evolving in a register of overflow winger which is lacking in the Parisian offensive sector.

Reliability in question

Renato Sanches offers interesting prospects at PSG, but not all the guarantees. Rather irregular in his level of performance, he was above all weighed down by numerous injuries, mainly muscular. The Portuguese international has never exceeded the bar of 24 matches played in the league during his three seasons in Lille. His ability to stay healthy will largely determine his chances of succeeding in Paris. This is certainly the step he must take to give a new dimension to his career.

But the PSG does not take excessive risk so far. With Renato Sanches, he secured the services of a still young player with significant room for improvement, for a relatively small amount given the potential of the Portuguese. A bet all the more interesting as the former Bayern player, already endowed with solid experience in the Champions League (28 matches), arrives under favorable conditions with two men who know him well, Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos. It will be up to him to take advantage of it to try to impose himself in the capital.

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