Lutsharel Geertruida, the ideal defensive recruit for PSG?

Lutsharel Geertruida, the ideal defensive recruit for PSG?
Lutsharel Geertruida, the ideal defensive recruit for PSG?

Le PSG wants to be active during this summer transfer window and intends to recruit high-level defenders. Track Lutsharel Geertruida has returned in recent hours and seems to be concrete. But what is his profile? Is Luis Enrique compatible? Will it be a real plus for PSG? Analysis.

The defensive sector of PSG is in the middle of construction. Between the very disappointing season of Milan Skriniarthe serious injury of Lucas Hernandezthe inexperience of Lucas Beraldo and the difficulty of Presnel Kimpembe to return to competition, the flaws in this game compartment are numerous and could push Parisian leaders to recruit to strengthen themselves. If the priority seemed to be Leny Yoro (who would prefer Real Madrid), the capital club now seems hotter than ever on the trail leading to the Dutch defender, Lutsharel Geertruida. According to Fabrizio Romano, Paris wants to move forward quickly on personal conditions with the player who is attracting the interest of clubs. Premier League. The journalist of Foot Market, Santi Aouna also affirms that Lutsharel is very receptive to Parisian interest, but that he will decide on his future after theEuro. A name little known to the general public, Canal Supporters therefore gives you his analysis with the contribution of Data’Scout.

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An atypical profile

Lutsharel Geertruida, a 23-year-old Dutch defender standing at 1m84, can play in several positions, mainly as central defender or right back, which allows him to bring flexibility to his team. This versatility is valuable to coaches like Luis Enrique, who can use it in different positions depending on tactical needs. Very few defensive interventions to his credit and contested duels… but as soon as he gets involved, it’s a success with a large percentage to his credit (61% of successful tackles). Number 4 of Feyenoord uses his robust physique well to win balls and to block opposing attacks, as evidenced by his saving tackles in his own area. His ability to read the game and anticipate opposing movements is one of his strengths. This allows him to make interceptions and cut off pass lanes. As a right-back, he has the ability to move up and participate in offensive phases (8 goals and 5 assists in 41 matches in all competitions), but not as a pure full-back! Depending on the phase of play, his role is that of a central third or a double pivot midfielder. He is capable of delivering precise crosses and helping to build up play from the back, but only a small proportion of his passes are forward or intended to create an attacking advantage. He ensures possession and fully participates in the recovery.

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Lutsharel also has excellent passing technique and reliable ball control, he knows how to play simple and quickly, which allows him to contribute effectively to his team’s possession game. In terms of passing precision, it’s exceptional. He is near the top in every type of pass (94% short passes successful; 91% medium passes successful; 64% long passes successful) and can play under pressure without any problems. His physical condition coupled with his decent speed allows him to cover a lot of ground and quickly return to a defensive position after offensive build-ups. On the negative side, we can cite a certain passivity on his part defensively, but nothing too alarming.

According to Data’Scout, Geertruida is a full-back with a very different profile fromAshraf Hakimi and a central with a profile close to Marquinhos. Tactically, his arrival at PSG would make sense to free Nuno Mendes offensively, while doubling or even tripling the right central position. He is a very interesting young player who could provide a cornerstone to the project Red Blue. Under contract until 2025, it is estimated at €32M per TransferMarkt. According to you, Lutsharel Geertruida is he a good recruit for Paris Saint-Germain and a good replacement for the (announced) departure of Nordi Mukiele? To your answers in the comments.

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