PSG director Leonardo has hinted that PSG may have made a mistake letting two former players leave in the summer.
Leonardo was referring to the sales of both Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani to Premier League sides. The two veteran players would go on to sign for Chelsea (T.Silva) and Manchester United (E.Cavani).
Interestingly, these comments come at a time in which PSG currently at the top of Ligue 1. However, it is their form in this season’s Champions League that Leonardo may be referring to.
Last year’s finalists currently have three points at the halfway stage of the group stage. As losses against Manchester United (home) and RB Leipzig (away) leave their hopes of progressing in the balance.
This season the French giants have had several injuries to key players in forward positions. Injuries to Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi has seen the on loan Moise Kean start as a number nine fairly regularly so far this season.
In hindsight, with those injuries there would have been no doubt if Cavani was still at the club results may have been different. The Uruguayan had scored 200 goals for the French side which saw him become the first player in the club’s history to do so. He did score his first goal for his new side in their 3-1 win away at Everton, showing that he still has that goal-scoring touch even at the age of 33.
The same can be said for Thiago Silva. Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, the Blues’ defence has improved significantly. His new side went on a run of five clean sheets in a row in all competitions already this season. His former side could use that form in their Champions League campaign this season. With Presnel Kimpembe suspended after seeing red in the last game, Silva’s experience and leadership is missed.
Leonardo does admit that money was a factor in PSG’s decision to let to two players leave. He added: “We spoke clearly with them. It was a moment where we could not give them exactly what they wanted. It was a financial and generational problem.”
The extent of the impact of the two players leaving will not be seen until the end of the season. But so far this looks like a poor decision by the people in charge at the French champions.