Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler suffering from PSG’s financial muscle

Some time ago in January, Julian Draxler made a grand switch to Paris Saint-Germain and instantly became a hit. Eight months after, the German now find himself at a crossroad, scrabbling for the remains from Unai Emery’s team.

One prevalent trait of most high-spending clubs is that they never seem to get tired of splashing the cash. In the quest to compete on all fronts, these teams go all the way out for any player, not minding the stratospheric fee or whether Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations are breached. New records are created and eclipsed almost at will for their top targets each season. These frequent arrivals will only mean one thing – certain players have to pay the ultimate price.

PSG, for instance, has never been shy of throwing cash around since the coming of Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) in 2011. The club has become one of the major players on the transfer scene, pushing the boundaries almost annually. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Angel Di Maria, David Luiz, Edinson Cavani and Draxler, make up a galaxy of stars seduced by the astronomical pay on offer at the Parc des Princes.

But none matches the club’s ruthless business in the last window. First, they shattered the world transfer record after activating Neymar’s £198m buy-out clause from Barcelona. As if that wasn’t enough, the six-time Ligue 1 champions agreed on a season-long loan with Monaco for Kylian Mbappe that contains an obligation to buy the young forward for £165m in 2018. Put in perspective, the French outfit has now spent over £1billion on transfer fees in six years since QSI took over.

The immediate consequence, however, means limited game time for certain players who may resort to seeking greener pastures elsewhere. Last season was Blaise Matiudi who’ve since moved to Juventus. And now, Draxler.

He was one of PSG’s most impressive stars in the previous campaign despite only joining them in the winter. After a fairly quiet 18 months at Wolfsburg, where he notched a measly five goals in over 34 games, the 23-year-old stormed France reborn. He struck twice in both his league and Cup debuts before hitting eight others in 23 appearances. Fleet-footed, pacy and full of intensity, the German dazzled his way into the hearts of the Parisians.

Indeed, a player like Draxler merits to be one of the first names on Emery’s team sheet judging by his first season exploits. But that hasn’t been the case thus far with the Gladbeck native yet to start a single game. In fact, he has only made two cameo substitute appearances of less than 15 minutes combined. Instead, the ex-Sevilla manager has given preference to his newest acquisition, Neymar, pairing the Brazilian superstar alongside Cavani and Di Maria. However, with little or no help from the former Schalke man, PSG has begun the campaign on fire, winning all four games and scoring 14 times.

And things could get more critical for the 23-year-old following Mbappe’s arrival. The young Frenchman is almost certain to head straight into the first team, leaving Draxler further down the pecking order. Arsenal failed in their attempt to lure the player to the Emirates. Meaning, he could be set for somewhat an inactive three months in Paris.

With the way, things have played out, we can’t help but panic for the future of one of Deutschland’s biggest exports who appears to be the victim of PSG’s robust financial strength and stockpiling.

About the Author Toby

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