ROMEU, FORCED TO TAKE A STEP FORWARD
Oriol Romeu 'turns off' at FC Barcelona
There are many doubts that Oriol Romeu has generated in his last appearances with FC Barcelona. The one from Ulldecona has not been able to maintain the pace that he set in the first games of the season and his contribution to the team is being minimal
One of the things that more prejudiced to the FC Barcelona in his visit to Vallecas was the fact that Oriol Romeu did not go able to play between lines and of back to the goal constamente. The one of Ulldecona went back to be the feeble link of the Barcelona group and his figure went back to remain signalled in the team and confirmed that, probably, in important parties the mediocentro will contest it to him between Frenkie of Jong and Ílkay Gündogan.
The true is that his performance against the Ray Vallecano has given back the debate on his performance in the Barça. And it is that it has seen very reduced the impact that is having, especially in defensive works and of recovery. In 13 clashes in LaLiga (only remained in the bench in an opportunity), has kept an average 5,5 losses of balloon by party and only wins 54% of the duels. The culés expect more than him, especially in important clashes.
With the return of Frenkie to the XI, are many more the possibilities that Romeu remain in the bench and less the options that the Barça play with four midfield players, that has been the 'formula' that has given better results to the team to be able to control or dominate the parties. Everything seems to indicate to that Xavi Hernández will bet in the centre of the field by the Dutch beside Pedri and Gündogan, with the incorporation -that already saw in Vallecas- of Joao Cancel in internal zones. Fermín López splits like another alternative, but in principle will not be between which more minutes contest.
The Barça, slope of the market of the pivote
From the club have stood out, at all times, that the confidence in Romeu keeps intact. Xavi has him 'defended' every time that has had opportunity but, at the same time, begin to assume that it is necessary to have a new mediocentro. The rumours on the possibility that they bet by the signing of a '5' in the market of signings estival have not detained . All the contrary. Party after party increase.
Of here to the summer remains long and the history can change of a moment to another. The sportive direction himself is very attentive the options that could find in the market of signings. Martín Zubimendi continues being the big dream of the Barcelona, but his traspaso is complicated. Joshua Kimmich, in a quite similar situation, is another of the players in the diary and would be a possibility in case that it do not renew his agreement with the Bayern. The current finalises in 2025 and are varied the rumours that they could sell him in 2024 to avoid that it leave 'free' a year afterwards.