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Pablo Sarabia at Sporting CP, what is it?

Loaned at the very end of the transfer window by Paris SG, Pablo Sarabia found something to suit Sporting CP.

Joker of luxury during his first two seasons at Paris SG (achievements in matches), Pablo Sarabia (29) preferred to leave on loan this summer. While coming out of a particularly successful Euro 2020 with Spain (a semi-final and 2 goals in 5 appearances), the striker did not want to relive a third exercise in the shadows while the arrival of Lionel Messi (34) from FC Barcelona did not promise him an increasing playing time at the Red-and-Blue.

“I made the decision to go to Portugal because I want to play, I want to enjoy football. Sporting CP have bet on me for this season and I hope to have a very good season there. (…) In my head, everything is very clear: I want to play, that’s what I like to do the most. This is the only way I can feel good about myself and give the best of myself to my family ”, he explained at the time of his departure.

Successful beginnings

Head to Sporting CP, as part of a paying loan (€ 2 million) without a purchase option and a crossover with left side Nuno Mendes (19). And for now, the results are rather positive. Installed fairly quickly in the eleven of Ruben Amorim, in the animation, most often alongside Pedro Gonçalves and in support of Paulinho, even sometimes even in position of false n ° 9, the Iberian, always performing with the Roja in parallel (2 goals in 7 layers since the start of the year), played 12 games (10 starts) in all competitions.

His statistical record is 2 achievements (in the Champions League) and 2 assists (in Liga Bwin). Correct figures which illustrate the adaptation still in progress of the left-hander. “He’s a high-quality, very intelligent player who will bring us a lot, that’s clear. He needs time, but he will be very useful for this team ”, recently relished the Leões coach, who does not hesitate to manage it in terms of playing time to make the most of his qualities.

A future at Sporting?

Observers are won over, like Nuno Raposo, journalist for In Bola. “Pablo Sarabia was a good surprise at the very end of the transfer window for Sporting, more than the departure of Nuno Mendes which was expected even if it materialized late. The surprise was total to see him sign for Sporting and join the Portuguese championship. We wondered how he was going to approach this new challenge. It seems he took it as an opportunity to shine to stay in the Spanish selection. He would not have played as much at Paris SG as at Sporting. We saw immediately with this desire to shine. He’s a world-class player, of a different caliber here in the Portuguese league ”, he told us before continuing.

“Ruben Amorim immediately counted on him. He started well but now he got used to the style of the team and he is totally indisputable. He and Pote and Paulinho form a very interesting, very strong trio. It meets expectations. He takes up this new challenge with great professionalism. He is well integrated into the team, the group, the city of Lisbon, he often posts photos on his social networks. He adapted very well. It offers, with its versatility, a range of tactical options to Ruben Amorim. He blended in perfectly with his new club and gave Sporting and La Liga Bwin more visibility ”, he explained to us.

“We are now waiting for him to confirm throughout the year and be the X factor for Sporting to fight for the title”, he summed up before discussing his medium-term future. “It is said that Sporting would like to keep him for another year but that seems impossible given his net salary at PSG is higher than the biggest gross salary in the Sporting locker room. In any case, it meets expectations perfectly, even better ”, he concluded. Hope it lasts !

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