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Has Mauro Icardi proven his worth at PSG?

French giants Paris Saint Germain have announced the permanent signing of Mauro Icardi following his initial loan deal. PSG splashed 52 million pounds on Icardi to complete the most expensive football transfer so far in the Covid-19 era. His contract runs until the summer of  2024. Icardi’s impressive first year in France has seen him bag 20 goals in all competitions(12 in Ligue 1, 5 in Champions league and 3 in league cup). His 12 League goals helped PSG retain their Ligue 1 title after the season ended early due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In Icardi’s short time at the club, he has accommodated well to the Parisian club’s style of play, which is relatively new to him. At PSG, Thomas Tuchel’s preferred formation is the 4-3-3, which is different from the 4-2-3-1 set up he played at Inter Milan. Icardi deserves a fair amount of praise. He has settled in quietly into a star-studded forward line of Neymar Jnr, Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, and Angel Di Maria. Icardi is a massive threat in PSG’s attacking line up due to his ability to produce moments of magic anytime in a game. His profound effectiveness in providing goals at a high rate with such minimal service in many matches adds another dimension to PSG’S high octane attacking display.

This side of his game was evident in PSG’s match against Marseille on matchday 11, as he scored two goals with a total of just 15 touches in the entire game. Not only does he convert the right amount of goal scoring chances, but he is essentially a striker that finds his way in being at the right place at the right time. He can also make decisive off-ball movements in the box and anticipate just when to make a run to receive an incoming pass from a teammate. Icardi has proven his value to PSG by showcasing just how much of a dynamic goal scorer he can be for the club.

 

How good is Mauro Icardi?

Mauro Icardi began his footballing career at La Masia, the youth system of Barcelona. However, he eventually made the breakthrough in senior football with Sampdoria before departing for Inter Millan in 2013. Following his move to Inter, he developed into one of the most prolific strikers in Europe, earning him transfer interests from all of the top teams in the world. Icardi also won the Capocannoniere, an award for Serie A’s highest goal scorer in 2014-15 and 2017-18 seasons. Icardi became the deadliest striker in Italy and one of the best penalty box finishers in the game. Most football pundits in Italy consider him a photocopy of legendary Italian striker Filippo Inzaghi. Icardi uses both feet very well and only adjusts his body to gain balance and hit his trademark fierce shots. He is a tactically intelligent striker with good attacking movement and positioning. He also possesses an eye for goal. He is an accurate, efficient finisher and has the quality to shoot from any angle and extremely dangerous in the penalty box. Mauro Icardi is a significant threat to any goalkeeper that comes in contact with him. Despite receiving criticisms in the past for his ball movement, Icardi has improved in this aspect of his game in recent seasons. He now drifts wide to create chances for his teammates to score. Icardi spent six seasons at the Giuseppe Meazza, scoring 124 goals in 219 appearances. There is no doubt he was worth the plaudits and chance to feature in a PSG team full of world-class talents.

 

What next for Icardi?

Icardi’s permanent move to French Ligue 1 champions PSG has given him a new lease of life. He is a world-class striker who is still young and yet to reach the peak of his astounding football career. For Icardi, the permanent switch to PSG gives him a new environment for him to focus and shine following the numerous disciplinary issues he had during his time at Inter Milan.

A committed and focused Icardi is what PSG hopes to get. At the moment, he will be looking to achieve two clear goals to announce himself as the best striker in the world. The first goal will be to help PSG win the UEFA Champions League at the end of this season. His second goal will be to perform consistently and have the right attitude to himself back into the Argentinian National team once again.

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