Grading PSG: The Return of King-Pembe

Now that the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season is over, it’s time to hand out some grades to the Paris Saint-Germain players for their performance in the French top flight.

Note: In order to be graded, each player needed to have appeared in at least five Ligue 1 matches this season.

Presnel Kimpembe

Intro: Coming off an injury-riddled 2018-19 season, Presnel Kimpembe bounced back in a big way in 2019-20 despite a couple of nagging injuries that robbed him once again of time with the first team.

With Marquinhos playing more as a defensive midfielder in Thomas Tuchel’s system, Kimpembe was the first-choice defender to replace the Brazilian at center-back.

From what we saw in Ligue 1 and in the UEFA Champions League, where Kimpembe completely silenced Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, the Frenchman appears ready to step into a leadership role with the French champions.


16 Appearances
65.9 Accurate Passes per Game
1.4 Aerial Duels Won per Game
3.9 Ground Duels Won per Game
1.3 Interceptions per Game
2.1 Tackles per Game
6 Yellow cards

Final Grade: B

Outlook: Kimpembe came up through the PSG academy so he is extremely loyal to the club. He wants to win the biggest trophies with the club and he feels a burning desire to do so. That is not something you can always find in the transfer market.

At 24-years-old, his best football is ahead of him and I’m confident we’ll see him flourish during his current contract, which runs until June of 2023.

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