First and foremost, Merry Christmas guys! This has been a terrific year for 1970 PSG and I cannot thank the readers enough for making it an absolute pleasure. The site has grown tremendously over the last 12 months during a record breaking season for the club where we captured the league and cup double. Becoming part of the Football Collective network has been a significant step for the website and exciting times lie ahead with this venture. Roll on 2015!
So, Christmas time? It is one of pure joy for us all and one that includes the odd surprise or two in our stockings. So this got me thinking, what do Paris Saint-Germain fans want from the club? What would they love to see? Well personally, I would like to see what David Luiz can do in midfield and as the anchor-man in front of the back four.
I adore Thiago Motta! For me, along with Maxwell, he has been absolutely vital to the success this club has endured since he arrived at the beginning of 2012. He has never let us down. That calm influence has kept things ticking over nicely in midfield and instilled an element of trust from the centre-backs playing behind. Marco Verratti has had the best education he could have wished for playing with TM in the midfield trio along with Blaise Matuidi who has also blossomed in the presence of the Brazilian. Whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co get the plaudits, Motta along with Maxwell have been the unsung heroes.
However, if this team is to progress we need to freshen things up. We have lacked energy in midfield in recent weeks and Motta has received some stick in the media for this. Many publications speculate that those legs are a little weary as he is at the age of 32 and perhaps not performing to the level that he did during the last campaign. Although I do not wholeheartedly agree with that, installing someone with Luiz’s infectious nature in the midfield could be a positive thing. The likes of Yohan Cabaye have played that holding role when Motta has been absent but they have never looked like genuine successors.
Le Parisien did a poll a few days ago asking readers if they think Luiz should replace Motta in that position. The result was a whopping 80% who said yes he should. That really did surprise me when you take into account the job TM has done for this club. But, the Parisian supporters want to see something new. Something fresh!
It is an idea that could be a masterstroke or an absolute flop. Nevertheless, it may give Laurent Blanc some food for thought. Luiz has played that role at Chelsea. He is certainly no stranger to it.
Another reason to explore the possibility is to get Marquinhos back in at centre-back. He was arguably our best player during that run he had in the team earlier in the season in Thiago Silva’s absence. He can count himself extremely unlucky not to be starting as often as he should.