Fifth wheel of the carriage in Paris, Xavi Simons, defector from PSG to PSV, is now launched on the Eredivisie highway. He took the opportunity to pass the World Cup toll, just three months after revving his engine.
Remko Pasveer chose to do everything late. Become a starter at Ajax at 38, Dutch international at 39 and play his first World Cup, as number one moreover, a few months later. For his compatriot Xavi Simons, of whom he could be the father, and with whom he left for Qatar, everything happened even faster. And much earlier. This kid from La Masia, landed at PSG in 2019, was still far from Doha only a few months ago, when the matches he played were played away from everyone or almost, in the training center of PSG. In three years in Paris, he had accumulated only 341 minutes of play with the professional team of the Ile-de-France club, in all competitions, and only three starts (including only one in Ligue 1, against Rennes, for a grandiose playing time of 139 minutes). Nonetheless, when Simons went to give his career a boost by re-launching at PSV this summer, it’s a safe bet that neither he nor anyone bet anything for Louis van Gaal to prefer him over twirling Arnaut Danjuma or Donyell Malen when tearing their hair out to establish a list of 26 globalists. Basically, it was just a plan to scratch minutes of play, and a little more than four per game on average if possible. “He chose PSV to have the playing time he lacked in Paris, being in the shadow of Mbappé, Messi and Neymar. He’s growing fast, we’re all happy.” detailed his agent Rafaela Pimienta to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
With these words, Mino Raiola’s replacement was surely not referring to the Amsterdam native’s 68 meter. In the Netherlands, the 19-year-old player rather left with the standards he maintained in the Youth League, but the echoes of which probably did not cross the barriers of the Georges-Lefèvre stadium at Camp des Loges. Last season, in this junior version of the Champions League, the young Batavian stood out by being directly involved in 11 goals (4 pawns, 7 caviars) in just seven games. This year, holder in each of Eindhoven’s 14 league games, Simons has already scored 8 goals and provided 3 assists – we will even go up to 10 achievements in 20 games, all competitions combined. The speed of the Dutchman’s rise is such that Paris Saint-Germain, who had therefore invited him to look elsewhere this summer, could backtrack, according to what Rafaela Pimienta explained. “If Xavi Simons will return to PSG? Who knows ? I will not answer. »
Simons and the proof by 3
Third in the Eredivisie, tied with Ajax and three points behind Feyenoord – the leader – PSV have already scored 42 times in the league. Three goals per game on average, that’s it. After having to help out at the top following the injury of Luuk de Jong, Xavi Simons has repatriated to the right side of the attack, which sees him form a formidable trio with the former Barça and Sevilla at the top. , promoted to captain on his return to PSV this summer, at the expense of Cody Gakpo. But the 23-year-old left winger has not lost his luster, quite the contrary. Xavi Simons was able to join forces with an ultra-decisive guy who has 9 goals and 12 assists in 14 league games (13 golazos and 16 TCC offerings); excuse a bit. And since football does things well, the three protagonists of the PSV attack were taken to Qatar by Louis van Gaal.
By Clement Barbier