Paris Saint-Germain landed safely in Miami, Florida, yesterday to begin preparing for their preseason tour in the United States that begins this Wednesday. The 25-man squad selected by Unai Emery features many first team players but also a few who will need to impress if they have dreams of breaking into the starting lineup. With matches against AS Roma, Tottenham Hotspur, and Juventus FC in the span of a week, this is the perfect opportunity for three players in particular to show what they’re capable of in front of the manager and supporters.
Signed earlier this summer from Real Sociedad, Yuri Berchiche is set to battle Layvin Kurzawa for the starting left-back position. The Frenchman missed the end of last season due to groin surgery and it remains to be seen if he can recapture his previous form. If Kurzawa gets off to a slow start, Emery may prefer Berchiche who he’s familiar with from his time in La Liga. The Spaniard is more experienced and his style of play could be exactly what Emery is looking for.
Christopher Nkunku has spent his entire career with PSG and will need a stellar preseason to break into a very competitive midfield. At only 19-years-old, Nkunku appeared in 16 competitive matches last season but there’s still work to be done if he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Adrien Rabiot who secured a regular place in the starting XI last season. Departures could help Nkunku climb the ranks, especially if Blaise Matuidi is sold, but a promising preseason could at the very least see the Frenchman play in more league cup matches.
Alphonse Areola enjoyed a full season with PSG last season after a number of loan spells. During his time away, Kevin Trapp was brought in and secured his place as the starting keeper with Areola as his understudy. Areola is only 24-years-old and is a solid keeper with plenty of suitors should he decide he wants to leave the capital club. Trapp might be first choice now but as supporters have witnessed numerous times, he is capable of head-scratching howlers. An impressive preseason, combined with Trapp mistakes, could force Emery into making a change between the sticks.
Article submitted by Dada Gideon.