Football has a funny way of working out, particularly when it comes to transfers.
Sometimes when a player underperforms he can be promptly written off but as we now know it’s a dangerous game to write a player off entirely.
All you have to do is look at Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
The striker grew up in Hamburg, Germany and got his senior breakthrough with his hometown club Hamburger after his first team debut back in 2007.
Choupo-Moting really found his feet after moving to Mainz o5 in 2011 after scoring 22 goals in 81 appearances, before earning a move to Schalke 04 where he stayed for another three years.
The powerful striker perhaps wasn’t the most prolific during his time in Germany but he did enough to secure a move to Stoke City in 2017 as a player who was tipped to be the club’s new flagship signing.
Unfortunately his time with the Potters didn’t exactly go to plan.
Choupo-Moting spent just one season with Stoke as they suffered relegation from the Premier League in a hugely disappointing season.
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After scoring just five goals that term many had expected the striker to move away from England and join a second-rate side in Europe somewhere, but the striker’s agent had other ideas!
He completed a shock free transfer to French giants Paris Saint-Germain where he’d be playing alongside stars such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Choupo-Moting spent two years in the French capital and scored nine goals in 51 appearances for the club as he established himself as a more-than suitable understudy to the club’s major stars.
But again his agent pulled off a blinder when the striker completed a move to Bayern Munich in the summer 2020.
So far this term Choupo-Moting has played 25 games for the club and scored five goals, including the opening goal in the Champions League quarter-final clash against former club Paris Saint-Germain.