Cameroon forward Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will definitely be leaving French Champions Paris Saint Germaine with whom he won the French league this season in a season full of controversy for the 30 years old Cameroon striker.
On August 31, 2018, Choupo-Moting joint PSG from relegated English Premier League club Stoke City in a transfer that took the football world by surprise.
But to PSG’s German coach Thomas Tuchel, he knew the player and knew that he was to be a team player and he had the qualities to play that role to perfection, given that the player had been under his tutelage at Mainz.
It will be unfair to say that he was a complete disappointment, given that he scored three league goals in 20 appearances and was mostly a last minute substitute.
His low moments have been some inexplicable misses, including that famous miss against Strasbourg when he some how blocked the ball from going over the line from his teammate Christopher Nkunku in a game that would have seen PSG wrap up the league which unfortunately ended in a 2-2 draw. He had indeed scored PSG’s first goal in that game, but that particular miss or block whichever way you chose to look at it compounded his misery in a season that French Ligue pundits like Former Senegalese international Habib Beye and Pierre Menes decided to use a microscope on every little thing he did on the field and heavily criticized his errors with little or nothing said about what he did well.
Born in Altona, Hamburg on March 23, 1989 to a German mother and a Cameroonian father he had represented the German National team at the U-19 and U-21 levels before earning his first call up for Cameroon on May 11, 2010 and going ahead to represent them in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He has won 50 caps for Cameroon, scoring 15 goals.
The former Hamburg SV, Mainz, Nuremberg, Schalke 04 and Stoke City forward will be looking for a new challenge with PSG running after the signature of German international forward Julian Brandt as his possible replacement after a season that saw them fail to win all domestic trophies like they have been doing almost every year in the past seven seasons. They were eliminated in the Ligue cup by eventual finalists Guingamp at the quarterfinals and they lost the French cup finals to Rennes leaving them with just the Ligue 1 title.
Choupo-Moting was definitely not responsible for all these failures but the French media unjustly made him a scape goat.
He has shown a strong mentality before in difficult moments, he will definitely need more of that in his new challenge wherever that might be and put the negatives of his time in the French capital behind him.