Monday, 25 July 2011

Three is the magic number - Matuidi, Menez, and Bisevac in profile

Just when it seemed like no business would get done this summer, the three muskateers rode into Paris today, ready to save the Queen of France PSG from the clutches of the dastardly Cardinal Didier Deschamps and OM.

Yes the Rouges-et-Bleus have finally completed some signings. Lets take a look at our potential new heroes.

Blaise Matuidi (from St Etienne, €7.5million-ish)
When I posted about the St Etienne midfielder’s imminent arrival last week, I didn’t stress how much I like the name Blaise. Say it to yourself, it just sounds so strong and dynamic.

Matuidi grew up in the, er, charming Parisien suburb Fontenay-sous-bois, and supported PSG as a boy, idolising Nigerian fancy-dan Jay Jay Okocha. His professional career began with Troyes, and established himself in the side in the 2005/06 season, making a name for himself as a tough-tackling midfielder who liked a yellow card (11 in 31 matches).

Troyes were relegated to Ligue 2 in 2007, and Matuidi moved on to ASSE, where he was part of Laurent Roussey’s exciting squad that finished fifth in Ligue 1 in 2007/08, linking up with the likes of Baftebi Gomis and Pascal Feindouno.

Frequently linked with moves abroad ever since, most notably to Arsenal and Liverpool, Matuidi should be a ready-made replacement for the retired Claude Makalele.

Jeremy Menez (from AS Roma, €8.5million-ish)
Jezza Menezza, as he isn’t but perhaps should be known, is another Parisien youngster to avoid detection by PSG’s scouts. The versatile winger started his career at Sochaux, before moving on to Monaco in 2006.

After two seasons at the Stade Louis II, during which he made 57 league appearances and scored 14 goals, he moved on to AS Roma. Ironically he was taken to the Italian capital partly as a replacement for Ludovic Giuly, the player whose spot in the PSG line-up he will probably fill.

His time in Serie A was marred by questions about his attitude, and current Roma boss Vicenzo Montella apparently gave him a 15-minute dressing down, berating his lack of commitment. Hopefully Antoine Kombouare will be able to keep the talented midfielder in line.

Milan Bisevac (from Valenciennes, €3.5million-ish)
The last of the trio to arrive, Bisevac is well-known to Kombouare, who signed him for VA in 2008. The Serbian came to Ligue 1 in 2007 when he joined Lens from Red Star Belgrade.

After just one season he was on the move, joining up with Valenciennes, where he stayed for three seasons, making 100 appearances. A long-term target of the club, he has seven caps for his country and, judging by this video, a fine head of hair:


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