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Ligue 1 2021/22: How Nuno Mendes became PSG’s signing of the season

Paris Saint-Germain had one of the most intriguing transfer windows last summer – one that occurs quite frequently in FIFA career modes and other simulation games. Out of all the incomings that happened, the one with the least amount of hype is one of the ones that has been the most successful. Nuno Mendes to PSG from Sporting was one of the deals that went under the radar with all the hype surrounding the other transfers last summer and yet that is one deal that PSG will be thankful for in the coming years.

The following visualisation shows where the Portuguese defender ranks for some of the key offensive and defensive metrics when compared with the other left-backs from Europe’s top five leagues.

The 19-year-old left-back, Nuno Mendes, on loan from Sporting CP, has lived up to the reputation so far. The left-back, known for his pace, is one of the best dribblers in the whole of Europe and hence ranks in the 88th percentile for Dribbles per 90 minutes. His biggest strength is his positioning and awareness that puts him in the 92nd percentile for PAdj Interceptions per 90 minutes. He also wins a high percentage of his duels as indicated in the visual. He is not a frequent crosser of the ball which is quite surprising and puts him in only the 43rd percentile for crosses per 90 minutes. Mendes is also one of PSG’s best creators when on the pitch and hence ranks in the 81st percentile for xA per 90.

Nuno Mendes is gradually becoming PSG’s first choice left-back. Looking at what he can do when put up in the right environment, PSG will be more than happy with the outcome of this particular transfer deal and will be looking to make this deal permanent in the coming window.