Pundit Explains What PSG’s 20-Year-Old Forward Must Improve to Play Alongside Messi, Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain forward Hugo Ekitiké got his first start for the French giants on Saturday against OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes. However, there was a noticeable lack of chemistry between Ekitiké, Lionel Messi, and Neymar Jr. 

Ekitiké arrived from Stade de Reims this past summer transfer window, and he’s a player PSG sporting advisor Luis Campos is high on and could become the future goal scorer of the club down the road. 

Nonetheless, former PSG player Éric Rabesandratana shared his insight into what he saw when Ekitiké was on the pitch playing alongside Messi and Neymar on Saturday. 

“[Ekitiké] will have to do his scales and be accepted by the others,” Rabesandratana said on France Bleu Paris (h/t Paris Fans). “What worries me is that the players don’t play with him. 

“He is responsible for all of this: he is not too available, he moves at the wrong time, he is not on the same wavelength with Messi and Neymar in terms of play. He has to work.”

Ekitiké would leave the game after 59 minutes with Kylian Mbappé coming into the matchup and would score the game-winning goal as PSG came away with a 2-1 victory. 

It will be interesting to see if Ekitiké can receive more game time to begin forming chemistry with his three attacking teammates as the 2022-23 football campaign continues. 

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