PROBLEM FOR THE DUTCH
Koeman's new headache at Barça
Published:11/07/2021 - 19:24h
Updated:11/07/2021 - 19:25h
Ronald Koeman begins to prepare for the 2021-2022 season of FC Barcelona, but has run into a puzzle that is very difficult to put together
The FC Barcelona begins to prepare for the beginning of the season 2021-2022, on 15 August with the first day of LaLiga (in front of the Real Sociedad). These weeks, in addition to the physical recovery of the players after the holidays, Ronald Koeman will have to define the details and prepare to the team that will look for the titles. It is a big work and still remain a lot of doubts for resolving, but the reality is that the Dutch trainer already has found with his first big problem... And it does not have a lot of options to resolve, at least for the moment.
From it does a time, Koeman has been asking a midfield player of quality. Has to three in his staff that are indisputable headlines (Sergio Busquets, Frenkie of Jong and Pedri González), but without margin for rotarlos, as it has very few options. In the bench, right now, would have to Riqui Puig and Miralem Pjanic, two footballers with which already has showed that it does not explain. The incoveniente is that, if there are not signings, the Dutch will have to conform with what has.
To this it is necessary to add him that the three midfield players titled were with his selections in the Eurocopa and will return to finals of July, to exception of Pedri, that will play the Olympic games. If Spain reaches the final, the Tenerifean will be free from 7 August, apróximadamente, a week before it begin LaLiga. And also it needs holidays. With this situation, Koeman has to arm a puzzle in which the pieces are garbled, considering (besides) that players like Pjanic or Coutinho are in the door of exit.
Like this, the options reduce and the headache increases. The Dutch has to contrive a centre of the field to the expectation of all what can happen in the market of signings, that yes goes to be moved with the exits. Sergi Roberto is another alternative, as well as the 'jewels' of the Barça B: Nico, Gavi and Hill, those who could have his opportunity of gold in the first team in this pre-season.
The option of Saúl
On the table is the option of the barter Griezmann-Saúl. The player of the Athletic of Madrid, one of the aims of the Liverpool of Jürgen Klopp, would be a 'break' for Koeman because would have a new variant in the centre of the field. The Spanish has turned into a 'multipurpose' for the 'Cholo' Simeone in Wanda Metropolitan and is a player that can fit to perfection in the Barça, with several characteristics that call the attention of the blaugrana.
It is a midfield player that, in addition to being polyvalent, stands out by his capacity to organise the game and handle the balloon. Has a glove of silk in his left-handed leg, as well as good (and powerful) shot from far. His physical power allows him manage in the field to perfection and have a lot of presence in the area rival, as well as to protect the balloon. A player that, to first, would be a big 'signing' for Koeman.