The French Ligue 1 will be full of new talent leading the front lines of the two hottest, busiest teams in the nation: AS Monaco and Paris Saint Germain.
PSG won the title this past season, but exiting from the Champions League against Barcelona has forced them to flex their muscle — with money of course — to purchase 26-year-old Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani.
Cavani comes over from Napoli of the Serie A, where he led the team to a second-place finish this past season. The time was right for him to move to a slightly bigger market where winning the league title and advancing to the latter stages of the UCL is expected. PSG is definitely a side that is rising and will continue to do so.
Cavani will automatically start for the club in the striker’s role, but he joins another big name forward at the club in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will definitely enjoy the idea of being benched. Therefore, coach Blanc has some work to do in changing the formation from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2, 4-1-2-1-2 or a classic 4-4-2. Regardless of which one he chooses, Cavani and Ibra have to be on the field simultaneously for the best result possible.
Now, for the newly promoted Monaco, who made arguably as much noise as the capital side after they brought over Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid of La Liga. He is just one of many stars the club has signed for an automatic title and future Champions League spot. With the big Colombian leading the way, their goals are more than doable.
Who is going to have the bigger impact? Honestly, Cavani is the right answer. Why? PSG already have meshed their players together and have won the league. Their players simply have to get used to the idea of having Cavani be a new leading striker they pass the ball to in order to finish the job. On the other hand, Monaco have put together a team of rising, peaking stars that have to learn how to play with one another this season. Therefore, PSG will be the better side.
Regardless, if everything goes down as stated, this will be an action-packed season in French soccer. Look out for the two South American front men to lead their new sides to as much glory as possible.