18th July, 2018
The pre-season transfer period is on and is a sort of mixed feelings’ time for the F.C. Barcelona fans as the club seems not to be too active right now as now as far as solid signings are concerned.
It is no longer news that two players that have been highly influential in the team’s last season games – Paulinho and Andres Iniesta are no longer with the club. Paulinho as we know, has decided to go back to China to continue his sterling football career there for whatever reasons while the much respected and long-standing Andres Iniesta has decided to move on due to age reasons.
And so, the question that pops up here is what is the club doing to re-inforce itself? We are aware of two new signings for the coming season that have been completed. Those are that of Clement Lenglet and Arthur who were engaged in order to improve the situation at the defensive section of the team.
That in itself is quite an interesting matter because Barca has a Yerry Mina whose services were acquired not so long ago but has had very little playing time in the team since his arrival.
Meanwhile, this same Mina starred gloriously for his country Colombia in the just concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia scoring THREE goals as a central defender. That should get the Barca Manager pondering what hei is doing right or wrong with this player at the club.
Very interesting is also the fact that the position previously occupied by Andres Iniesta is yet to be filled. Even though there is one Andre Gomes somewhere on the team list, it is very clear from his performances so far that he is not a capable replacement for Iniesta and Barcelona may just be doing themselves and the player a whole lot of good by allowing him to move on elsewhere.
He is not exactly the same versatile player that we saw at Valencia before moving over. All that said, the club surely still have some work to do in that midfield section of the team if it is to compete a bit more comfortably on all fronts in the in-coming season.