As of late, Mitchel Bakker has dropped in Paris Saint-Germain’s left-back depth chart. The Dutch talent went from being a starter for the team in its domestic cup finals last season to now struggling to earn playing time minutes this season.
Under new PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino, Bakker has featured in just five of 13 Ligue 1 fixtures, which includes not appearing in any of the team’s last five league matches.
Even with the drop in playing time, Bakker still remains confident in his current status at PSG. The PSG full-back spoke to the Dutch-based outlet NOS about his recent struggles and the talk that he recently had with Pochettino about his lack of playing time minutes as of late.
“France matches are not shown here [Netherlands] and I also play a little less than before,” Baker said. “Pochettino makes choices and sticks to certain people.
“I play less. I have already sat down with the coach, he tells me that I have to do my best and that my chances will come naturally.
“It is not easy, everyone knows that. I know it myself. I still have a few months in Paris before the transfer market opens. Then we’ll see, but I’m in the right place.”
With Juan Bernat expected to soon return from his ACL injury, it will likely be even more of a challenge for Bakker to earn minutes with PSG in all competitions. Still, he is slated to receive opportunities over the remainder of the season to prove his worth.
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