It’s been almost a decade of European football for Edinson Cavani. Despite scoring a ton of goals in that time, for the most part the Uruguayan striker has lived in the shadows of other players.
Recent reports claim that he could soon be on his way out of PSG after rumored bickering with newest big-shot acquisition Neymar. The two have disputed over set-pieces in the match against Olympique Lyon resulting in post-match clashes in the dressing room.
Cavani was quick to say that his relationship with the Brazilian is fine, though Spain sources say that PSG have offered the No.9 to European champions Real Madrid. Over in England, media suggests that Chelsea and Everton are following the strikers’ set of affairs.
Life Of An Underdog
It seems like Cavani never really received the attention and praise he has earned being without a question a world-class goalscorer. This trend has been since his switch to PSG from Napoli, where he was a superstar, honored by every single Azzuri fan. Big-time competition in Paris has seen him lose the ever-deserved praise to higher profile players.
Until recent time, Cavani has had to compete with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for credit and recognition. But nobody has ever really put himself on top of Ibracadabra in the 8 clubs he has played for. Last season though, Edinson was the leading figure in PSG’s attack, scoring 35 goals in 36 League 1 matches during Unai Emery’s first season in charge of Les Parisiens.
But, this season El Matador again has big stars alongside him in the most expensive player in the world Neymar and Europe’s hottest talent Kylian Mbappe.
His high-level teammates could be more technically gifted, but Cavani has been a consistent poacher in PSG’s side and a workhorse like that is hard to find. Was he in any other top-flight club in Europe right now, he would have been in a much better position for admiration
Now, Cavani sits in the shadow of Neymar following the Brazilian’s record switch from Barcelona. The Selecao winger moved to the Paris capital so he could be the name of everyone’s lips and it seems like he is willing to do everything, including pushing out Cavani from the team.
Cavani Would be a Top Scorer Anywhere
Edinson Cavani hasn’t had a season with less than 25 goals for his four years at PSG. He already has nine this season in all competitions. He clearly knows how to score. If given the chance to finish the season it’s not hard to see him exceeding the 25 goal mark once again. Additionally, he is the bookie’s favourite to win the French Golden Boot at odds of 10/11.
If Cavani actually decides to leave in the winter, or rather gets forced out, there will be a number of clubs willing to acquire his services. At 30-years old, the peak of his career, the Uruguayan would be an excellent signing for virtually any club in Europe.
Logical moves for Edinson can be seen anywhere- a new challenge for him in the Premier League looks like the most likely scenario but a potential return to Serie A shouldn’t be ruled out. A switch to the Spanish league is also possible as Atletico Madrid are on the lookout for a striker. In any case PSG should show gratitude to Cavani.
Paris Saint-Germain should show respect
Forced to play on the wing upon his arrival, Cavani show effectiveness while Ibrahimovic took most of the credit as the main striker. El Matador has certainly played a big role in the rise of PSG to Champions League favourites this season.
If a Cavani exit happens it should be accompanied with acknowledgement for his commitment and desire for the club.