Javier Pastore can excel at Paris-Saint Germain if Antoine Kombouare uses his superstar correctly


Argentine football expert Ed Malyon investigates how PSG's marquee signing will adapt to the French scene and where he will fit into the national team  

The Argentina midfielder had attracted the interest of Europe’s biggest clubs but the fact that he signed for a team that isn’t even playing Champions League football speaks volumes about PSG's ambitions. Oh, and just how much cash their Qatari owners are willing to put up to back their Ligue 1 title challenge.  



At just 22, the former Palermo man has his best years ahead of him but there are questions over where he will fit in at PSG. Within the new management structure at the Parc des Princes, Leonardo is sporting director whilst Antoine Kombouare is head coach. The latter is renown for never erring from his stock formation of 4-4-2 and the concern has to be where Pastore fits into this.  



Common in Argentine football as an ‘enganche’ and Italian football as a ‘trequartista’, playing in the hole behind the striker is a very much a cultural phenomenon that you don’t find in England due to the tradition of 4-4-2. Kombouare has to decide if he is willing to change his coaching philosophy that has brought him much success at clubs like Valenciennes or whether he will have to shift his superstar into a wide role for which he is unsuited.  



The influx of talent to the French capital has seen their outright price (3.0) crash with bet365 installing them as Ligue 1 favourites. PSG haven't won France's domestic title since 1994 and have yet to live up to their short price billing by starting the campaign sluggishly. Pastore's new club are also 11.0 favourites to win the Europa League.  



'El Flaco' could have a huge role to play and on a personal level he will have to be looking to help his club into the Champions League and even further. Pastore will also want to force his way into his country's starting XI in advance of the first World Cup in South America in two years time since 1978.  




Aiming for 2014 | Pastore will want to be more involved in the next World Cup.  



Already an established member of the squad and a favourite of former boss Sergio Batista, it is yet to be seen where Pastore finds himself in the plans of new man Alejandro Sabella.  



It seems certain that he’ll be in the squad for the World Cup in Brazil but there is plenty of competition for places with Ever Banega, Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Mascherano among his positional rivals.  







Pastore Javier

Pastore Javier
  • Current Team: Roma
  • D.O.B.: 20/06/1989
  • Nat.: Argentine / Italian
  • Offensive Midfielder

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