The performance of Xabi Simmons (20), who went on loan to Leipzig immediately after transferring to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) this summer, is unusual. In the Bundesliga, he is generating a lot of attack points with his amazing performance.
Sports statistics media ‘Opta’ said, “Simmons was directly involved in 7 goals (3 goals, 4 assists) in the first 4 Bundesliga games. “Since data collection for the 2004/05 season, only Paco Alcacer (30, Emirates Club) and Erling Holland (23, Manchester City) have scored more attack points in the same number of games.”
Simmons, an attacking midfielder for the Netherlands national team, showed his potential by scoring 22 goals and 12 assists in 48 games in all competitions for PSV Eindhoven last season. PSG, which had included a ‘buyback’ clause in Simmons’ transfer (a contract condition that allows him to return if he pays an agreed upon amount), exercised that clause and called him back after one season.
However, at the time, Kylian Mbappe (24, PSG)메이저사이트 and Neymar (31, Al Hilal) were likely to remain, and competitors playing in similar positions, such as Lee Kang-in (22) and Marco Asensio (27, PSG), arrived at the team first. It was a state. Simmons, who was expected to face tough competition for the starting position, moved to the German Bundesliga stage in search of an opportunity.
In the first two games, including the DFL Super Cup against Bayern Munich, he was in a hurry to adapt and had no offensive points, but he performed well with one goal and two assists against Stuttgart in the second round of the league. He produced multiple attack points in 3 consecutive games with 1 goal and 1 assist against Union Berlin and 1 goal and 1 assist against Augsburg.
‘Get German Football News’, a German soccer media outlet, said on the 17th (Korean time), “People are enthusiastic about Simmons’ performance under coach Marco Rose (47, Germany). Simmons scored 3 goals and 4 assists in 4 Bundesliga games, averaging 1.5 key passes per 90 minutes.”
Simmons is a second-line resource with excellent fundamentals and skills from Barcelona’s youth system. In addition, he has the versatility to play both attacking midfielder and left and right winger. PSG approached him as he showed exceptional talent from a young age, and he left Barcelona in 2019 and came to Paris.
Simmons, who left PSG in 2022, returned to PSG after one season after achieving rapid growth. Although there was strong competition with Lee Kang-in, who transferred at a similar time, Simmons chose to move to Leipzig on loan in search of a more secure position.