DAVID ALABA AND THE OPPORTUNITIES HE OFFERS

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As per rumours, Barcelona is interested in the Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, who they’re trying to sign since 2018. Still, Bayern Munich has always rejected the offer. This time the rumours are most reliable than ever as Alaba has refused to renew his contract with Bayern Munich and his contract ends in the summer of 2021, and Bayern Munich will look to cash the defender instead of letting him go off in a free transfer. David Alaba has been an integral part of Bayern Munich as he has been at the club since 2010.

In this article, we will discuss what can David Alaba bring to Barcelona if we can sign him.

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Playing Position

He can play anywhere. He’s quick, good in the build-up and always 100 per cent focused. Without a doubt, he can be one of the best centre-backs in the world. He’s a huge gift for Bayern,” these were the words of former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach describing David Alaba. He is a reliable and versatile player capable of playing in the midfield, left-back and centre-back role.

David Alaba’s heatmap (via: SofaScore)
David Alaba’s heatmap (via SofaScore)

At Bayern Munich, Alaba played as a left-back most of the time because of his pace and his athleticism has been convenient in snuffing out attacks even before they’ve begun. His speed and defensive skills also ensure that Bayern Munich doesn’t get often caught on the counter-attack.

David Alaba is a player who is developed by Pep Guardiola who made him play in the left-wing, but in recent time he is playing more as a centre back. David Alaba is different from a conventional defender as he averages just 1.1 tackles per game. He also makes one interception per game. He gets dribbled past only 0.3 times per game on an average, his ball control per game stands at 0.6, another worrying factor is, he attempts just 0.8 aerial duels per game and wins only 42% of them.

David Alaba

 

Being a supremely intelligent footballer, his reading of the game is exceptional. Be it recycling possession, creating attacking opportunities, or supplying players running into the box, Alaba has the vision and the technique to find the perfect ball. When we talk about his different abilities, his pass percentage is an impressive 91%, and he also averages 78.6 passes per game suitable to the passing style of Barcelona Out of the 78.6 passes, he makes 33.7 of them in the opposition half with an 84% accuracy. David Alaba is also great when it comes to corner-kicks his long-range passing ability helps him a lot in this, and if Rakitic departs and he gets signed, he can help a lot in set-pieces.

Here is an example of his long-passing quality.

Corner Kick 1 1

Corner Kick 1 4

The picture shows his accuracy, and his off-the-ball moment is exceptional. He doesn’t wait for the ball; he goes advance, creating chances.

Alaba in forward like position Bayerns positional fluidity

Conclusion

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Barcelona should sign him because we need depth at the left-back position, Jordi Alba turned 31 in March, and his performance quality is just deteriorating season by season. In 2019-20 season Jordi Alba was getting injured frequently, and Firpo is not living up to the expectation, Firpo arrived with a lot of hype as he played an exceptional season for Real Betis and he even scored against Barcelona. But since his arrival, he didn’t get many starts but also when he played; he was pretty average. David Alaba can bring an experience which Firpo lacked, and Alaba is 28 now, so there are years left in him and with two great left-backs in the form of Alba and Alaba Barcelona can do the player rotation easily. Barcelona lacks pace from the flanks and creativity from the back four Alaba can be the short term answers for these. It can also give time to Barca B left-back Sergio Akieme. Akieme is a regular left-back of the B team of Barcelona, standing at 175 m he has played 24 matches and has provided five assists. If we are looking for short term changes, but a big impact David Alaba is the answer.

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