Note: In order to be graded, each player needed to have appeared in at least five Ligue 1 matches this season.
Intro: Edinson Cavani had one of the strangest rollercoaster seasons I’ve ever seen. The season started with a hip injury that kept El Matador out of the squad for more than two months. During that time, loanee Mauro Icardi stepped up in his absence and showed why he is considered one of the top strikers in the world.
When Cavani returned in mid-October, Icardi had usurped the starting striker role and PSG’s all-time leading scorer was forced to watch from the bench. When the January transfer window opened, Cavani and his agent worked behind the scenes to pull off a transfer to Atlético Madrid.
That deal fell through and Cavani returned to the bench but there was light at the end of the tunnel. For some reason, Icardi’s output in the second half of the season didn’t match his fast start to the season and eventually, Cavani returned to the starting lineup. On February 23, Cavani scored his 200th goal for the club to cement his legendary status at the Parc des Princes.
152 min. Scoring Frequency
1 Big Chances Created
8.0 Accurate Passes per Game
2 Yellow Cards
Final Grade: C
Outlook: Cavani’s contract at PSG expires at the end of the season and so far, the club has not offered him an extension. After the failed move to Atléti, it was assumed he would make the move on a free transfer this summer but a recent report indicates that the 33-year-old would be open to remaining in Paris for a couple of more seasons. If Icardi returns to Inter Milan after his loan, it would make sense to keep Cavani as an insurance policy in case the transfer market doesn’t present any quality options as a replacement.
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