Could PSG bench Hugo Ekitike for the entire 2023/24 season?

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Is Hugo Ekitike set to spend the entire Ligue 1 season on the sidelines? On Tuesday, PSG revealed their Champions League squad, and Ekitike's name was conspicuously absent, suggesting the club's frustration with his refusal to leave this summer. It appears that his absence may extend to Ligue 1 for the entire season.

In the dynamic world of football, fortunes can change rapidly, as Hugo Ekitike has learned. In just a year, the 20-year-old striker, once regarded as a promising talent in French football, was transferred from Reims to Paris Saint-Germain for €35 million. Now, he finds himself unwanted in the capital, relegated to the lowest rung among the club's attackers, and facing the possibility of spending the entire season on the sidelines.

PSG recently disclosed its list of 24 players chosen by manager Luis Enrique for the Champions League group stage, and Ekitike's name was conspicuously absent from the roster. Reports suggest that this pattern may also extend to Ligue 1, with Ekitike potentially sidelined for the entire season. While he did make a brief nine-minute appearance on the first matchday against Lorient, the 21-year-old striker subsequently remained on the bench for the next two matches and was ultimately left out of the squad for the trip to Lyon.

Ekitike, who holds a five-year contract with PSG, appears to be facing consequences for his actions during the closing hours of the summer transfer window. By declining to reach an agreement with Eintracht Frankfurt, Ekitike inadvertently hindered Randal Kolo Muani's potential transfer to the German club. In response, Ekitike's camp reportedly claimed they were unaware of his inclusion in any transfer negotiations during the window.

This situation has escalated quickly, considering that Ekitike received significant playing time from Luis Enrique during the summer preparations and even managed to score two goals during that period.

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