A new Left-Back ? – Barcelona’s Next Signing Priority

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Barcelona left back replacement,

FC Barcelona’s summer is right now going on a roller coaster ride, and it is just getting worse for Barcelona’s board of directors and the Barcelona president – the most hated man in Catalonia right now. Messi’s shocking departure has BROKEN the internet! It remains the hottest topic of football at present for fans & journalists. During the presentation of Trincao, the Barcelona president chooses not to attend the press conference amid the media pressure and reports suggest that Bartomeu is seriously considering his resignation to keep Messi at the club.
The club has to make a bold decision to revamp the squad in this short transfer window. But there is a clear need to bring in another left-back to offer competition to Jordi Alba. The Spanish left-back, signed from Valencia in 2012 had a rather injury-hit, forgettable season having started on 36 games for the club where he contributed nine assists and scored two goals during the season. Below are Alba’s detailed stats for 2019/20 season.

Jordi Alba - 2019/20 Season Performance
Jordi Alba – 2019/20 Season Performance

Barcelona’s left flank was exposed in critical moments during the season as Junior Firpo, an exciting left-back signed from Real Betis where he was used to being deployed as a wing-back in 3-man defense. In a four-man backline at Barca, he is required to have a very high technical and mental precision and speed, while being restricted only to the flank, unlike the spaces he occupied at Betis. Firpo failed to hit the mark at Barca’s left side and did not make any impact for which he was signed. Currently, he has been put in the transfer market as a way to make a bit of the much-needed money. The club will need to recruit a new left-back to provide cover for Spanish star Jordi Alba, 31.

And they have already drawn up a list of targets from across Europe to replace Junior.

Alex Grimaldo

Alex Grimaldo
Alex Grimaldo

Former La Masia Graduate, Alex Grimaldo, who now plays for Portuguese giants Benfica has been on steadily rising to one of the left-back in the market has not gone unnoticed as top clubs have regularly been linked with him. A proficient passer of the ball, his dribbling and crossing skills are appreciable as well.

Alex Grimaldo - 2019/20 Season Performance
Alex Grimaldo – 2019/20 Season Performance

His 2019/20 performance does suggest a reunion. But the Portuguese side won’t let him go for cheap.

Chances of coming to Barca at the rate of 10 – 8/10

Nicolas Tagliafico

Nicolas Tagliafico
Nicolas Tagliafico

Barcelona & Ajax do share a long history when it comes to transfers, from a legend like Johan Cruyff to current and future Barca talisman De Jong. Ajax players have shone at the Camp Nou, and Nicolas Tagliafico to Barcelona is yet another exciting rumour that has been getting some attention. The Ajax player is a fantastic passer of the ball, is excellent at interceptions and would prove to be a reliable backup to Alba. Although he has said that he will remain at the club next season, advances from the best club in the world would be tough to resist. Here’s a look at his 2019/20 season performances.

Nicolas Tagliafico - 2019/20 Season Performance
Nicolas Tagliafico – 2019/20 Season Performance

His 2019/20 stats shows a promising future with Barca. Well, time will tell if he is destined to don Barca’s jersey or not.

Chances of coming to Barca at the rate of 10 – 5/10

José Gayà

José Gayà
José Gayà

History might repeat itself for Barca to solve their left-back problem from the club Jordi Alba arrived way back in 2012. He would be an excellent addition to the squad. But unlike Alba’s strengths, the player possesses more of a defensive-prowess. Below are his 2019/20 season stats.

José Gayà
José Gayà – 2019/20 Season Performance

As per stats suggests, Jose Gaya had an injury-prone season at Valencia. In the current situation, where Valencia is being forced to sell their best performing players like Ferran and Rodrigo to City and Leeds respectively. It is highly unlikely where the club will let go of Gaya.

Chances of coming to Barca at the rate of 10 – 2/10

 

Angeliño

angelino
Angeliño

This young lad has shown great promise while playing for RB Leipzig after coming from Manchester City during winter transfer window, last season. Let’s have a look at last season performance with City and Leipzig.

Angeliño- 2019/20 Season Performance
Angeliño- 2019/20 Season Performance

Looking at its performance, the Spanish full-back has been instrumental with RB Leipzig last season steering them to CL semi-finals. As per reports, Barcelona is also keen to acquire his services on a permanent deal for next season as a plan of their rebuilding process for a new-look defensive lineup. This deal seems to be tricky as RB Leipzig also keen to acquire the player on a permanent basis. 

Chances of coming to Barca at the rate of 10 – 5/10

David Alaba

David Alaba
David Alaba

One of the best left-backs in the world, David Alaba has taken a back seat this season and started his role as centre-back during Bayern’s title-winning campaign as Alphonso Davies stole the show with blistering pace in Bundesliga and CL. Recently as per news reports, Alaba offered himself to Barca to seek up a new challenge. So, he makes up to the list and can be a huge statement and addition to Barcelona’s challenge for next season.

David Alaba- 2019/20 Season Performance
David Alaba- 2019/20 Season Performance

 

Alaba’s 2019/20 stats makes him a big hit for Barcelona and will provide better competition to Alba in the coming season. But will have to spend an immense amount to let Bayern go of its prized asset after their title-winning campaign.

Chances of coming to Barca at the rate of 10 – 7/10

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1 thought on “A new Left-Back ? – Barcelona’s Next Signing Priority

  1. for this position I would choose Alaba but he has very high requirements, I will bet on Alex Telles (best side of the Portuguese championship, stronger and more complete than Grimaldo) Clause 40M

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