Opinion: Hugo Ekitike is making a mistake choosing PSG over Newcastle
Opinion: Hugo Ekitike is making a huge mistake choosing PSG over Newcastle

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Opinion: Hugo Ekitike is making a huge mistake choosing PSG over Newcastle

It looks like Hugo Ekitike is choosing to join PSG instead of Newcastle United this summer.

The 20-year-old was the Magpies’ number one attacking target when the transfer window opened, as Eddie Howe and co looked to complete a deal that alluded them in January.

He turned down a deadline day move to St James’ Park at the start of the year, but all the signs pointed to Ekitike becoming a Geordie ahead of the new Premier League season.

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A £26million fee was agreed with Reims, meaning personal terms were all that was left to arrange. However, that’s where the problem emerged.

Newcastle couldn’t agree terms with Ekitike’s agent, forcing Dan Ashworth to walk away from the deal.

Now Paris Saint-Germain agree terms with Ekitike

During the Newcastle transfer saga, it was reported that PSG were also interested. That claim was then refuted as an attempt to simply drive up the price.

However, it now looks like the Parc des Princes is Ekitike’s most likely destination. According to Le Parisien, the forward has agreed a deal in principle to join PSG this summer.

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They add that he already sees himself in Paris in next season, and that he has turned down an offer from Newcastle. The report states that the Magpies wanted to pay him 15 times as much as he earns at Reims, but the player and his representatives have said no.

Easy to see why Ekitike wants PSG move

Assuming PSG can now agree a fee with Reims, Ekitike is set to join one of the biggest clubs in the world. His manager Oscar Garcia spoke about Real Madrid and Barcelona, but it looks like PSG are going to be the ones to secure his signature.

It’s a blow for Newcastle, but not a surprise. It will merely bring a definitive end to what has been an exhausting transfer saga.

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For Ekitike’s sake, hopefully he’s made the right decision. However, it’s difficult to not think the young Frenchman is making a mistake.

Obviously joining PSG is a big deal. They’re the biggest club in France who compete for honours every year, and a staple in the Champions League.

Moving there also gives you the chance to play alongside Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar. That is the stuff of dreams for any player, no less an inexperienced forward who dreams of going to the top of the game.

But while playing alongside those players is a dream, it also represents the issue. Just how is Ekitike going to get into that team?

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Choosing PSG will be a mistake

He’s a very talented player with huge potential, but there’s no way he will get the minutes he craves at PSG.

During negotiations with Newcastle, it was reported that he wanted assurances about his playtime at St James’ Park. At Newcastle he would have been a backup striker who could also play out wide, adding more competition to our forward line.

He wasn’t going to be a guaranteed starter for Howe, and he’s even more unlikely to play for PSG.

If he joined Newcastle, he would have the possibility of developing into a Premier League star and possibly even a Toon legend. Given his age, potential and the direction the club is going in, it could have been a perfect match.

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He fits the profile of what Newcastle want, but he doesn’t want Newcastle. Instead, he could be set for the glamour of being a PSG player in a move that could stunt his develoment.

PSG are a super club. In a few years time when they need a new forward, they’re more likely to just sign a big name rather than give Ekitike a chance. That’s the nature of the beast.

If Ekitike does end up at PSG, it could end up being a massive mistake. But that’s his problem, not Newcastle’s.

Given how negotiations went, most Toon fans are not upset at all about missing out on Ekitike.