Despite winning the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain, Achraf Hakimi did not have the season he and observers had hoped after his big-money move from Inter Milan in the summer of 2021.
Hakimi was among a star-studded line-up of five new players that included Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Gini Wijnaldum that PSG unveiled ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, placing the French champions among the favourites to win the Uefa Champions League.
However, PSG failed to impress on the continental front as they were knocked out by Real Madrid in the Round of 16.
At home, PSG were not invincible as many had hoped even if they ended the season with a 15-point lead over second-placed Marseille.
They suffered losses to Rennes, Nantes, Nice and Monaco with stalemates against the likes of Lens, Strasbourg and Troyes drawing criticism and piling pressure on beleaguered coach Mauricio Pochettino.
While many people expected PSG to sweep every trophy available, they ended up with just one as they also missed out on the Trophee des Champions to Lille and exited the Coupe de France at the round of 16.
Hakimi, who joined PSG after an impressive season with Inter that yielded the Serie A title and seven goals and 11 assists, was a mainstay in the team, making 41 appearances in all competitions, but he could only muster four strikes while setting up six chances for his team-mates.
These were not the numbers expected from the Moroccan international given he was now playing in a ‘super team’ loaded with world-class attacking talent, with little competition in the French league.