Before PSV-Monaco: After his departure from PSG, Xavi Simmons was already seducing PSV Eindhoven
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Before PSV-Monaco: After his departure from PSG, Xavi Simmons was already seducing PSV Eindhoven

I saw great sequencesRuud van Nistelrooy gave himself a bright smile on Saturday when he presented himself at a press conference after PSV Eindhoven’s victory over FC Emmen (4-1). The coach decided to release his young army to rest his managers before the second. The first leg against Monaco on Tuesday (8:30 pm, first leg 1-1), the former coach of the youth team, the former Manchester United striker has every intention of highlighting the local pool, such as Kei Jana Hofer or Johan Bakayoko.

But one player was more scrutinized than the others: Xavi Simmons. Because with him, expectations are necessarily higher than other expectations. And because it seems like one of the intriguing things of the season in Holland, the country where the youngster was born who had never seen such a hard nugget in action. Banished too early in Spain, and pitched as a La Masia star while training in Barcelona, ​​a marketing monster orchestrated by Mino Raiola, Simmons is above all a player who only demands growth. The sown seed looks attractive at the sight of its first term.

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For his age is already above

In front of FC Emine, he would have distinguished himself with a crucial pass but above all continuous activity for 90 minutes, and already secured the first man of the match. For PSV followers, baby has something else. “With his happily dancing blonde dreadlocks and a seemingly languid attitude, Simons is mainly associated with the beautiful game but he also showed another side of his game Saturday nightSo wrote De Telegraaf on Sunday.good taste maker“, sums up AD in his match report. A week ago, Simmons scored his first goal in his new colors during the demonstration against Ajax Amsterdam (5-3) in the Dutch Super Cup.

Everyone expects him to make the difference with the ballVan Nistelrooy then estimated with Voetbal International. He can do it in his own style and has the qualifications to choose the right area. But we also saw that he is very fast in duels. […] When Xavi loses the ball, he turns very quickly. He has wonderful qualities. He knows what he wants. He had already lived abroad twice and had stored this experience with him. For his age is already above. ”

For his age, he mostly needs to play. As it stands, his choice to leave PSG to join PSV is completely understandable. “Before signing for PSV, I spoke a lot with the coachthe person in question explained when he arrived with ESPN. He was very clear in telling me what he expected of me: creating danger by playing behind the leading striker. Against Monaco, he could therefore develop to support Luc de Jong, whose ultimate qualities require a path to the top.

Ruud van Nistelrooy congratulates Xavi Simmons

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More followers than his club

In Eindhoven, it’s also the marketing department that didn’t anticipate such repercussions, to the point of hunting down Ajax since the start of the season over interactions on social networks. No need to search long for explanation. With 4.2 million Instagram subscribers alone, he easily exceeds the total number of subscribers for his club (667 thousand). The popularity in networking time has its reasons that match counters in the pros are still overlooked. He even seems almost surprised by such media coverage. “This is madnesslaughed at ESPN. Maybe because of football or my hair? I do not know. It’s crazy to have more followers than a club, because it’s a really big club. I, I’m nineteen years old, I’m about to start my career…

In the last hours, some came to the Eindhoven dressing room to ask for their opinion on the Monaco team.”physical‘, according to him. They may have forgotten a little quick that he has barely made 11 first-team appearances for PSG in three seasons. Something tells us that this total should increase significantly on the Philips Stadion side. Just to find out what that’s in the end kid Promising him under the strings.

Xavi Simmons in a PSV Eindhoven shirt

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