Newcastle United had the opportunity to recruit Hugo Ekitike from Stade de Reims during the summer.
However, PSG came along and persuaded the teenager to remain in France instead, heading to the capital on loan with an almost mandatory option to purchase.
Instead, Newcastle bought Alexander Isak for almost €70 million, leaving the French striker on the bench at Parc des Princes, wondering what may have been.
According to sources, he has not met all of the criteria of the Ligue 1 giants, making just nine appearances in all competitions for a total of 160 minutes.
Christophe Galtier, his manager, addressed the subject in a news conference on Friday, which was carried by L’Equipe.
“When you have the offensive three we have at Paris Saint-Germain, there’s a lot of investment, resilience, and never letting go,” he remarked. There is certainly a comparison when you play instead of the three. He’s been frustrated, and understandably so, when he doesn’t start some games.
“He was disappointed, and I explained why. Of all, he’s a terrific player who must compensate in training for his lack of playing time. We’ve also determined that he has to work harder and with more intensity in order to make a greater effect when he comes on.”
Newcastle are presently fourth in the Premier League and riding high, demonstrating to Ekitike just what he’s losing out on.
Prior to joining PSG, the 20-year-old scored 11 goals and assisted on four others in 28 appearances for Stade de Reims.