In just a matter of months, Fabián Ruiz has undergone a remarkable transformation from being a forgotten figure among Paris Saint-Germain's fans to becoming a pivotal player in the midfield, gaining significance and being entrusted with stepping up in the absence of Warren Zaïre-Emery.
The Latin American Post Staff
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The 27-year-old Spaniard, who was marked for sale at the end of the previous season, was once considered an example of low-impact signings that frustrated the PSG faithful.
The arrival of Luis Enrique as the head coach did not seem to bode well for the players. Although he was initially called up by the Spanish coach for the Euro 2021, he soon disappeared from his radar, amidst rumors of a falling out that neither of them has confirmed.
However, the passing months have changed the outlook for the Andalusian midfielder. As the games have gone by, Ruiz has gradually grown in importance, ultimately becoming a key element in Luis Enrique's tactical setup.
Stellar Performance Against Monaco
His performance against Monaco last Friday received praise from the entire press, with many considering it his best outing since donning the PSG jersey. Finally, Ruiz took the step forward that everyone had been waiting for.
Quietly and steadily, the native of Los Palacios y Villafranca has settled in Paris and at the club. This season, he has already played in 14 matches, six of which he started, a proportion that has been on the rise.
The departure of Marco Verratti opened up more playing opportunities for him, and the injury that will keep Zaïre-Emery out until the end of the year, despite his young age of 17, presents a window of opportunity for the Sevillian to establish himself in the midfield.
The test against Newcastle this Tuesday, crucial for PSG's qualification for the Champions League Round of 16, could shape the future of a player who has managed to find his place in the French capital.
Luis Enrique has positioned him on the right side of the midfield, and the player has developed a strong understanding with Achraf Hakimi and Ousmane Dembelé. This partnership has allowed the team to balance that sector of the formation, which at times was weakened by Hakimi's offensive tendencies and Dembelé's defensive lapses.
Fabián Ruiz has become an essential part of the Spanish coach's strategy to maintain ball possession, thanks to his technical prowess that compensates for any physical shortcomings and lack of speed.
In addition, his attacking nature and long-range shooting ability make him a valuable asset for the team in an area where it is most needed.
Paired with Uruguayan midfielder Manuel Ugarte, who provides more defensive cover, Ruiz enjoys greater creative freedom, which is currently PSG's pressing requirement.
Furthermore, the former Napoli player appears to be comfortable in Paris, a city he had no plans to leave even when his playing time was limited.
Residing in a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of the capital, Ruiz has his personal chef and a personal trainer to complement his club sessions.
Unwavering Determination for Success
His morale has not waned, and his determination to succeed at PSG remains unwavering. Now, it's time to prove it, and the coming weeks, crucial for PSG, may also determine his future with the Parisian club.