Despite having a much better season than his debut year, and amid continued links with Arsenal and Manchester United (per the Express), former AS Monaco goalkeeper Jean-Luc Ettori was not impressed with Joao Moutinho’s performance against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.
On Thursday, in magazine website France Football, Ettori spoke out about Moutinho’s form.
“I find that he is not living up to his reputation,” said the man who made over 600 appearances for the Ligue 1 side. “We can say that…(long silence); he does not add much to this team. Really, not much at all. He is a guy who doesn’t shirk his responsibilities, but there is nothing there. We saw Pirlo today. He made decisive passes; he is there, fights and frightens people when he is on the ball.
"Moutinho, when he has the ball, he no longer scares anyone.”
The former Porto and Sporting Lisbon midfielder has played 63 games in Ligue 1, he has created nine goals but has only scored three in his two seasons. During his first season his influence was minimal, but over the past two months his performances had been much improved. Obviously not enough to impress a club legend, though.
It is still thought that should the side from the principality receive a good bid for the 28-year-old midfielder this summer, then they will seriously consider letting him go. With Geoffrey Kondogbia, Bernardo Silva and the returning Tiemoue Bakayoko, plus the new deal for Jeremy Toulalan, they will not be short of options.
Moutinho is a name that has often been linked with a move to England, long before he moved to France. It would be interesting to see if he could influence the Premier League more than he has Ligue 1.