The future of Adrien Rabiot should be one of great promise but attitude and bad decisions are likely to cause problems for his future club.
For a player who has had mostly a bit-part role for Paris Saint-Germain over the last couple of seasons the transfer saga of Adrien Rabiot has rolled on far too long. Arsenal have been interested all summer and it looks like it could come to a head in the next few days.
Various clubs have shown their interest in the 19-year-old midfielder, but as PSG have found out, he is far more trouble than he is worth. For someone so young, he had a lot of baggage surrounding him and it would be a smart move for Arsenal if Arsene Wenger decided against bringing the French young international to the Emirates this summer.
This summer, PSG have tried to convince the player to sign a new deal at the club but, the player, encouraged by advisors that include his mother, Veronique, has continually decided against agreeing to anything that the Parisians offered.
Even just this week, Laurent Blanc confirmed that another offer had been turned down.
Laurent Blanc has confirmed that it is possible that Le 50 starlet Adrien Rabiot will leave PSG, but will not reveal his destination.— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) August 21, 2014
Laurent Blanc: "Adrien Rabiot received a very attractive contract offer from PSG, but apparently it did not interest him. A real shame."— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) August 21, 2014
Blanc also takes swipe at Rabiot's mother Veronique, by saying that the player's entourage are taking advantage of contract situation.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 21, 2014
There is no doubt that on the pitch, Rabiot is a great talent, with the potential to go on and become a wonderful footballer, but so far his career has been plagued with a poor attitude and bad decisions.
When he made his first-team debut at 17, he wasn’t following the normal story of breaking through the youth ranks. Rabiot had joined PSG after a disappointing six month spell in England with Manchester City’s youth academy, but he decided to leave after feeling misunderstood and complaining of being played in the wrong positions.
Now, after just 25 starts in Ligue 1, with 13 of them coming for the French champions, he already thinks he deserves a place in the starting line-up, or a wage normally commanded by the clubs biggest stars.
When you consider that PSG’s midfield trio of Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta were all at the World Cup this summer and that Yohan Cabaye struggled to gain a starting role, it’s hard to understand where Rabiot is coming from.
When he is allowed to just play football, he shows that he is an excellent passer of the ball. He has good vision and his long legs allow him to bring the ball forward confidently and effectively. The problem with Rabiot is that he knows he is good and the success at a young age has gone to his head, and also the people around him are not the best influences.
Arsenal would do well to avoid bringing Rabiot on board, it would only be a matter of time till he was looking elsewhere.