Following the arrival of Goncalo Ramos on loan with an almost obligatory purchase option and Randal Kolo Muani for €80 million without bonuses, and with Luis Enrique alternating between them at the forefront of the attack since the start of the season, the Spanish coach might ultimately sacrifice them to establish a system with a "false 9."
In August, when Kolo Muani had yet to sign with PSG, Luis Enrique positioned Marco Asensio as a "false 9" in his 4-3-3 formation against RC Lens and Olympique Lyonnais (victories by 3-1 and 1-4). The former Real Madrid player responded positively to this repositioning, scoring two goals and providing an assist in both matches. Moreover, he participated effectively in the team's gameplay.
Since his injury, Marco Asensio has ceded the striker position to Kolo Muani and Ramos. However, both have struggled to impose themselves and be effective in front of the goal. Despite each scoring twice in Ligue 1, they have failed to participate effectively in the game. Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, wingers playing high up the field, have difficulties combining with them, and their respective average performances lead Luis Enrique to consider once again fielding a "false 9," according to RMC Sport.
On Saturday, against Reims (0-3), PSG displayed a much-improved performance in the second half after the entry of Vitinha and the positional change of Kang-In Lee up front, instead of Ramos, who was chosen to start due to Kolo Muani's suspension. The South Korean brought more mobility, variations, and combination possibilities for Mbappe. Above all, through his technical skill, he managed to retain more balls with his back to the goal.
According to RMC Sport, PSG's coaching staff has been contemplating the option of a "false 9" for several weeks due to the team's offensive difficulties in some matches. Marco Asensio's return from injury and Kang-In Lee's impressive performances, combined with the disappointing displays from the two traditional forwards, could accelerate the shift, as was the case against Reims.
Kolo Muani, capable of playing on the right wing, would provide a new alternative to Dembele, while Ramos, due to his challenging start to the season, would be significantly downgraded in the hierarchy of offensive players.