I have said it all season, Paris Saint-Germain need another striker. I do not care whether we have two colossal names in Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Two strikers for a club that is competing in four competitions a season is not enough! So a name that has been linked with us for a number of weeks now is that of a man who excelled in the Europa League Final for Sevilla. Carlos Bacca could be a terrific signing for Les Parisiens.
When things are not going right for the champions during a game, we very rarely turn it round with a plan B. Laurent Blanc is not the most tactically astute coach so he is guilty of utilising like for like substitutions which very rarely work. This was evident in particular just before the winter break. When we needed something a little bit different to bamboozle our opponents, we failed to find the answer. Zlatan’s injury woes meant that the weight of the world was literally on Cavani’s shoulders. Wouldn’t it have been great for him and ourselves to have the support of another top quality striker to swing the tide in our favour?
Young Jean-Christophe Bahebeck has quality but is he the answer? I don’t think many Parisian supporters would say yes. If he was, Blanc would have utilised him a lot more than he did during the course of the season. And that is not a slight on the lad at all but when you have players of Zlatan and Cavani’s ilk, you expect similar quality in reserve.
When Kevin Gameiro left two seasons ago, we never made it a priority to replace him. Guillaume Hoarau, Mevlut Erding and even Nene (who could play as a striker) all left. Of course, they were all integral at the time but as the years have passed, the quality of player has indeed shot up. Having an ageing Zlatan and a player that has been under constant scrutiny in Cavani has shown its flaws at times. Cavani since the turn of April has proved that he is ready to take the mantle as the main man up top as Ibra approaches his final season. And that is the key here! Contingency plans must be made for the departure of a player who has been a catalyst and will soon become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
So Ibra will be seeking pastures new in 2016. It makes perfect sense to bring someone else in during the summer to ease the transition. We are not shy of South Americans at the club and I look at the attributes of Carlo Bacca and can see the potential there. He is at a ripe age of 28, just coming off the back from leading Sevilla to back to back European titles and is now arguably Colombia’s number one striker ahead of Radamel Falcao.
He scored 20 goals in La Liga, fifth overall in the rankings. In a league dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he was just two shy of Neymar and Antoine Griezmann – not bad company at all!
His shooting accuracy is much better than that of Cavani. Bacca has 71%, Cavani just 59%. Ibra just edges the Colombian with 74%.
As good as he is in front of goal, his general play is also just as impressive. He created 28 chances with 22 being key passes and contributed with six assists. Cavani only managed one assist but Ibra managed to match the Colombian with six also. The Swede accumulated 30 key passes in total.
So in essence, this is a player who has similar qualities to that of Ibra. Are they in the same league in terms of quality? It would be naïve to say yes but Bacca has proved that he is an incredibly talented frontman and one that performs on the big stage. This is incredible for a man who just eight years ago, was working as a bus conductor in his home town of Puerto. Now he is one of the most sought after front men in Europe.
PSG should be seeking a new striker this summer. Carlos Bacca is the man they should sign!
Statistics courtesy of SQUAWKA.COM