Author of a double on Sunday 25 August with Paris Saint-Germain against Toulouse (4-0), including a first sublime goal, the Cameroonian reappears just in time in the ranks of the champions of France. With the injuries of Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé and the still blurry situation of Neymar, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has a card to play at the beginning of the season.
This is the savior we no longer expected from Paris. To tell the truth, the club of the capital hoped even to part with it this summer , only a year after its arrival. Recruited free at the end of the summer transfer window 2018, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting did not convince during the 2018-2019 season. Despite his good will and the affection of the Parisian fans, the striker did not know how to be effective enough in his role of lining, with 4 goals in 31 appearances and some memorable failures. The end of his stay in Paris seemed programmed.
First doubled in France, with a gesture of genius in bonus
But everything changed Sunday, August 26, with the match PSG-Toulouse on the third day of Ligue 1. Faced with the shortage of attackers (see below), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting came into play after only 14 minutes of And it was he who put Paris on the road to victory, with a splendid gesture. While the score was still 0-0, the former Stoke City player defeated four Toulousans with a roulette before scoring a shot in strength (50th).
And to say that a few months ago, his famous failure against Strasbourg had earned him the mockery of the world! Yet it is the same player who managed against the TFC this feat, this technical gesture worthy of the finest wizards ball. Later, the Cameroonian ended all suspense by scoring again (75th). Victory 4-0 on arrival for PSG, with the first double of Choupo-Moting with the Rouge et Bleu: it was well worth an ovation of the public Parc des Princes, who sang the name of the indomitable Lion.
" I live well, I live my life "
With his usual positive state of mind, the Parisian hero of the evening expressed himself at the microphone of Canal Plus on the mockery of which he has been the subject since his arrival in Paris, especially after his failure against Strasbourg. " I live well, I live my life. I'm happy with the team and get on well with everyone. I also love PSG supporters of course. After, everyone has the right to have his opinion on each player, it's part of professional football. Me, I focus on me. I try to train well and if I have the opportunity to play, I try to do my best. "
Really not resentful, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. In football, opinions change very quickly. Despite his poor performance, the striker was appreciated by fans last season. When the results of the club have unscrewed in the spring, the nice comments about him turned to the negative, with culminating the failure of Strasbourg. And this weekend, against all odds, the Cameroonian is back in favor. " What people say or not ... In this world it's like that. Afterwards, when you are too negative in your life, it is because you are not very happy yourself, you have not found your happiness. Everyone has to decide how he behaves, "added Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, philosopher.
Good week to all of you 👍 pic.twitter.com/vxFLcBAze7Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 26, 2019
Neymar still has the spirit in Barcelona, but ...
The presence of the Cameroon international against Toulouse is as much to the particular summer of the PSG as the accumulating injuries. Substitute at the kickoff, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting came into play quickly after the injury of Edinson Cavani, betrayed by his body for the fifth time in a year. Later in the match, Kylian Mbappé had to throw in the towel. And Neymar, the star of the team?
The Brazilian is fit but still does not play, since his situation is not settled. He wants to return to Spain, at FC Barcelona preferably, but the transfer is very (too?) Complicated to mount. And with all these injuries, one week from the end of the transfer window, not sure that the PSG is also inclined to let go Neymar. The soap opera is not over , but Barça has neither the freedom of action nor the means to meet the demands of the PSG, the prospect of seeing the player in Catalonia appears more and more unlikely as the days pass.
Cavani and Mbappé out, Choupo-Moting on the front line
Let's recap: the attacking midfielder Julian Draxler is recovering, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé are injured, Neymar is in limbo, and during the summer, Paris has already let out strikers Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen) and Timothy Weah (Lille). ), as well as Christopher Nkunku (at RB Leipzig), who like Draxler, could help out in attack. Coach Thomas Tuchel has so far only a few offensive players at his disposal: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, the Spaniard Jesé (undesirable and dismissed for two and a half years), as well as the winger Angel Di Maria and, to a lesser extent, Spaniard Pablo Sarabia, recruited early July. It is little, very little face the deadlines of the club.
The PSG may react by recruiting in this sector, but for now, the main alternative to all these defections is called Choupo-Moting. Even more since the medical verdicts fell for Cavani and Mbappé Monday, August 26: the first is injured on the right hip and will be absent three weeks, the second is affected left hamstrings and will miss the next four weeks of competition. Both will not be able, a priori, for the start of the Champions League. Fortunately for Paris, there is still the cartridge Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. And if it reiterates his performance on Sunday, the PSG will cross this area of turbulence without much damage.
🏃♂️ When you make your first double at home 🏃♂️ pic.twitter.com/WFJeiMXvcbLigue 1 Conforama (@ Ligue1Conforama) August 25, 2019