One of Newcastle United’s key summer transfer targets has been blasted as he struggles to make an impact at his new club.
The Magpies made unsuccessful attempts to land Reims’ highly-rated forward Hugo Ekitike during the last two transfer windows after believing they were close to an agreement on a number of occasions.
The France Under-21 international opted against a move to Tyneside and agreed to join Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan that will become a permanent move next summer.
However, Ekitike is yet to make a start for his new club has been limited to around 70 minutes of on-field action during five substitute appearances.
One former PSG star has been left disappointed by the lack of impact made by the 20-year-old forward and believes his has been ‘moaning every two seconds’ during the opening months of his time at the Parc des Princes.
Former midfielder Eric Rabesandratana told radio station France Bleu Paris: “I’m not convinced by Hugo Ekitike because he has shown mental weaknesses.
“He’s young, but I find that, behaviour wise, he doesn’t correspond at all to what you expect from him as a young person, and especially as a player who should impose him at PSG over the years.
“We need players who are focused on football, and I’m not sure that moaning every two seconds, half-bothering to do the exercises, because it bores him and he’d rather play games, is enough. No, you have to show a perfect state of mind to be considered by the manager.
“For the moment, I find that he is not yet professional. He’s more of a kid than a professional. He must grow.”
Ekitike will hope to make his first start for his new club when PSG return to Ligue 1 action with a home game against Nice on the first Saturday of October.