After only three league goals this season, Edinson Cavani has come under heavy criticism for his form this season.
This summer, Edinson Cavani was constantly linked with a move to both Manchester United and Chelsea; even Arsenal got a mention before they signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. At the time a move from Paris to the Premier League seemed unlikely after his excellent first season in the French capital, but with his current form, the Uruguayan striker could be tempted.
Cavani wanted Laurent Blanc to change PSG’s tactics to suit him more, but the former France manager has kept the side playing 4-3-3, with Cavani having to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
This, plus his ongoing divorce, has cause Cavani to have some problems this season both on and off the pitch.
With Ibrahimovic out injured, Cavani has had to step up in the Swede’s absence, but the former Napoli man has failed to hit the target. His last goal came in the opening game of the Champions League against Ajax, and the fans are starting to turn against the €64 million forward.
Cavani’s poor performances have led to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi coming out in Le Parisien to defend the mis-firing striker.
“Edinson is an excellent player and a great professional. He gives his all and always works hard for the team, without thinking about himself and his personal statistics.”
“He gives 100%. He is a real fighter who is willing to die for PSG.”
“I fully support him, as I do all my players. Supports also love Cavani because they know he will never leave. We wanted one of the best strikers in the world and we got Edinson. Everybody must understand that PSG is his gome and he will stay as long as possible.”
These are strong words from the president, and words that will be encouraging to hear for the Uruguayan striker. But it doesn’t stop his problems in front of goal.
In his last season for Napoli, Cavani scored 29 goals in Serie A, last season he scored 16 in Ligue 1. This season, after nine games, the forward has only found the net three times.
However, there has to be some belief, that if Cavani’s poor record in front of goal continues and someone offers the club a deal, it is hard to see PSG not being tempted to let the striker go.