Recruited this summer by PSG, Hugo Ekitike is struggling to find his place with the champion of France. After a season with 11 goals in 27 matches at Reims, the 20-year-old striker has only played 149 minutes with PSG and has neither goals nor assists. Asked at a press conference on Friday, the club’s coach, Christophe Galtier, told how he handled the case of hope: ” I had a long discussion with Hugo last week, obviously he cannot be satisfied with his short playing time (149 minutes). I told him that I had a share of the responsibility but that he too had a share of the responsibility. »
In the shadow of a successful Mbappé – Neymar – Messi trio, Ekitike must first strengthen his investment in training, according to the coach: “When you have the attacking trio that we have at PSG, it takes a lot of investment, resilience, not to let go; when you play in place of one of the three, there is necessarily a comparison. He was rightly disappointed a few times not to start certain matches. He was disappointed, I gave him the reasons for my choices. Obviously, he is a talented player, who must compensate for his lack of playing time in training. We also defined that he works more, that he puts more intensity so that he can be more striking when he enters. »
Ekitike has started only once this season, during the 9th day of L1 against Nice, October 1 (2-1). Since then, he has played 7 minutes at the end of the match at Ajaccio, 16 minutes at Benfica (1-1) and 21 against Maccabi Haifa (7-2) on Tuesday. ” There was a loss of confidence from Hugo because he wasn’t playing much. I found his entry against Haifa interestingbelieves Christophe Galtier. May he continue to work hard. »
PSG receives Troyes on Saturday, at 5 p.m., as part of the 13th day of Ligue 1.