Pablo Sarabia (29) and Nuno Mendes (19) crossed paths on the last day of the transfer window. The young Portuguese full-back was loaned out with an option to buy to Paris Saint-Germain, while the Spaniard joined Sporting Portugal in the form of a dry loan. Barred by terrible competition in Paris, Sarabia did not hesitate to join a less upscale team to relaunch and stay in the dynamics of its Euro. A decision to underline when we know that many substitutes for PSG preferred to hang on to the sidelines of the Parc des Princes.
The Spaniard’s big debut with the reigning champions of Portugal took place on September 11 during the clash against FC Porto (1-1). Substitute at kick-off, the former Sevillian also started the Champions League match against Ajax Amsterdam (1-5) on the bench four days later. His first tenure finally took place two days ago, during the trip to Estoril. Installed on the right side of the Leonina attack, Sarabia played 82 minutes.
At the end of the match, the player said to himself ” very happy “ of his first victory with the Leões on his social networks. A valuable success for the SCP (3rd in the Liga Bwin standings, four points behind leader Benfica). But what about the performance of the former Parisian? This morning, O Jogo took stock. During the first fifteen minutes, he did not win any duel, only one interception is to be reported. He woke up over the minutes, but it was in the second half that he regained his means, even if all that remains perfectible.
In the end, the Spaniard made five interceptions, but only one in the opposing camp. He only made one shot, two crosses and delivered one pass that resulted in a shot from a partner. After three matches in its new colors, Sarabia is therefore still in the process of breaking in. “Pablo works a lot for the team. We can see that there is still a little confusion at times when it comes to pressing or having the ball, but he is looking for his place. He has talent and he is a player whose level is clearly above the others and who will help us. But he needs time. He’s going to be very useful this season ”, said his coach Ruben Amorim. Patience therefore.