Barred by competition at Paris Saint-Germain, Hugo Ekitike has clarified his performance with the capital club, joined last summer from Stade de Reims.
On November 13, before the long international break linked to the 2022 World Cup, Hugo Ekitike scored his first goal with Paris Saint-Germain. Entering the game in the 75th minute against AJ Auxerre (5-0, 15th day of Ligue 1), in place of Neymar, the young French striker first delivered a decisive pass for Renato Sanches (81st) before open his counter in his new colors (84th), taking advantage of a big blunder in the Burgundian defense to score from the right. Enough to enhance the hitherto very limited balance sheet of the 20-year-old player, landed last summer in the workforce of Christophe Galtier from the Stade de Reims, in the form of a loan with compulsory purchase option.
.@hekitike9 talks about the pressure he’s been under since joining PSG
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“There are a lot of expectations”
Barred by strong competition embodied in the first place by Kylian Mbappé, the tricolor center forward has only two starts in twelve games in all competitions since the start of the 2022-2023 season, for one goal therefore. What raise questions about the level of play and the ability of the native of Reims to adapt to such a prestigious club. Before the reception this Wednesday from Strasbourg, counting for the 16th day of Ligue 1, the Parisian number 44 responded to his detractors at the microphone of Canal Plus.
Hugo Ekitike does not believe that the critics are too harsh on him. “Nope. I also know why I came here. Of course, when you arrive at a club like this, there are a lot of expectations. People expect performance and inevitably, if it does not come, we ask ourselves questions. And me, I’m in a position where I’m always going to be questioned because I came with a big label. This label, we must assume it. And that’s it, I accept it. It’s not a problem, if I’m bad, I’ll be the first to say it. And if I’m good too, I’ll be there.”
In the absence of Argentinian world champion Lionel Messi, who has not yet made his return to the group, the young Frenchman could start against RCSA, and all the more so if Kylian Mbappé were not to be aligned. ‘Starter. In the event of tenure, Hugo Ekitike will have the possibility of sending a message to those who doubt him.