Should PSG loan out Jese in January? The case for and against his exit
Numerous sources in France (the latest being Le Parisien) and Spain say Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to let summer signing Jese Rodriguez leave in January after a forgettable start to his career with the French champions. The Spaniard has failed to settle in France and while he has had injury problems to contend with since the beginning, he's also been unable to convince coach Unai Emery of his worth.
Does Jese simply need more time to adapt to PSG and his surroundings? Should Emery give him more chances to impress? Or are the Ligue 1 giants right to accept buying him was a mistake and complete the impending signing of Julian Draxler before pushing the ex-Real Madrid man out?
Here is a look at the pros and cons of allowing Jese to return to his hometown with Las Palmas, at least on loan.
The case for loaning him out
Asked by Le Parisien about Jese's future during an in-depth interview, Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi suggested he, Emery and director of football Patrick Kluivert are unconvinced by the No. 22 despite "not thinking only about the club" when considering potential transfers.
"Emery told me something very true that has also always been part of my thinking," the Qatari added. "He said 'when a mistake is made, it is better to try to fix it than to try to live with it.' So, if we have made mistakes, we will try to correct them. The door is not closed."
Judging by that comment, no matter what Jese tries to do (or even manages to do on the pitch) the decision on his peripheral role in PSG's future has already been made. It looks like PSG made a casting error, but is also might indicate that the now powerless sporting director, Olivier Letang, still had a say when the deal was done with Real Madrid.
Assuming he moves, Jese will probably reflect on his time in Paris as a failure. However, the club was at fault here. Since sporting director Leonardo left in 2013, there has been little or no direction at the top when it comes to transfers. Sadly it is more obvious that ever right now.
Jese's current situation is similar to Hatem Ben Arfa's before his rebirth with OGC Nice; he needs a club to believe in him and provide him with a low-pressure environment in which to thrive. PSG offer anything but that, meaning the move was arguably doomed from the start.
Yet Emery was the one person who could have made PSG work for Jese. His compatriot arrived promising competition for places and boasting a vibrant new 4-2-3-1 formation but currently appears resigned to the possession-based 4-3-3 pioneered by predecessor Laurent Blanc because of his players' resistance to change.
Returning home to Las Palmas and a vibrant team featuring similarly rejuvenated talents like Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jese should finally start tapping into his immense potential. Then, and only then, should he target a return to the likes of PSG or Real.
The case against letting him go
It is hard to pass accurate judgment on Jese's time in Paris based solely on what has happened on the pitch, for the simple reason he has not spent much time on it. The 23-year-old has had injury problems -- notably appendicitis and a knee problem -- and that has limited him to a grand total of 14 appearances across all competitions. Just two of those have been starts.
Jese scored against FC Nantes in Le Championnat, admittedly a late penalty, and Lille OSC in the Coupe de la Ligue in one of his two starts. Otherwise he has been a substitute, mostly sent on in the final 10 minutes of matches. The biggest argument against letting him go this early is that he has not been given a fair chance to prove himself, particularly when you consider positional rival Angel Di Maria's abysmal form.
There's no doubt that man from Las Palmas has been a flop but his showings on the pitch cannot be thrown back in his face when he is rarely given more than the last five minutes or so by Emery.
Jese's recent injury history should be taken into account as it perhaps explains some of his physical quirks -- clearly it has not.
Jese deserves more time to prove himself to Emery but it looks unlikely he will get it. PSG's leaders and the Basque tactician already appear prepared to admit failure in their "efforts" to rejuvenate a once promising career.
At the end of the day, he is still only 23 and remains a big potential talent. In that respect, PSG was not the place to go to rediscover himself. The French giants require ready-made stars and struggle enough to turn their own fantastic youth academy products into capable starters.
With Las Palmas, there will be less pressure and he will feel the love immediately because he is a local hero. Had the Canarian club been in their current position this summer, Real might have even loaned him there directly.
It's quite clear that this move has not worked for Jese, PSG or Emery, so it is in everybody's best interests that he player is allowed to leave in January on a temporary or permanent basis.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.