The 'club of the 4,000' of Valverde calls for relief relays

Seven players have played more than 4,000 minutes this season; some like Alba, Rakitic, Busquets or Suarez in the end have paid dearly for both wear and tear.


It is evident that one of the problems Ernesto Valverde has had this season is that he has continued without having a sufficient wardrobe fund that would allow him to dose with guarantees to his most important pieces. In fact, the Blaugrana coach had to overexpose a total of seven players throughout the season, some of them also finishing the course with clear symptoms of physical and mental exhaustion.

Gerard Piqué (4.640 minutes), Jordi Alba ( 4,510), Ter Stegen (4,410), Sergio Busquets (4,333), Ivan Rakitic (4,237), Luis Suárez (4,132) and Leo Messi (4,023) complete the club of the 4,000 Valverde. Nobody escapes that of this select group - all of them titularísimos - there were more than one that ended the season practically taking out the language. Players such as Alba, Busquets, Rakitic or Suarez have been marked in the final stretch of the course by their apparent decline in performance. In addition to these four cases is added the condition that all of them are over thirty, so the physicist usually ends resenting even more to the demands of overexposure.

So the club needs to reinforce these positions once and for all and with sufficient criteria. Cover it with players who are capable of competing from the first day with ownership and not substitutes like Boateng, Murillo or Malcom. And it is that only Clement Lenglet, with 3.654 minutes, has been able to make a hole in the eleven, especially also by the calvary of his compatriot Samuel Umtiti with injuries. In fact, Lenglet has become the eighth most used player by Valverde. The Brazilian Arthur Melo (2.478) and the Chilean Arturo Vidal (2.744) are other players who have had a relatively important role, although the first one ended up having a very secondary role because of the injuries.

The arrival of the Dutchman Frankie de Jong will serve to rest both Rakitic and Sergio Busquets. In this sense, the signing aims to be an absolute success of the sports management, something that unfortunately is not very usual. There is also a need to sign a heavyweight forward who can play in various attacking positions to give both Suárez and Messi a break. The undisputed solution could be Frenchman Antoine Griezmann.

And another one who would have a break would be Piqué, and by extension Lenglet, in the defense with the signing of Matthijjs de Ligt. Especially taking into account the doubts still transmitted by the left knee of Umtiti. Obviously the need to incorporate a left side of guarantees to dose Alba is another requirement in the sport area.

In total, a minimum of four signings and with the mandatory condition that any of the four can compete at the same level as the titular companion. Only Leo Messi is at another level and here would not be competing directly but simply the possibility of giving him a break in some phases of the season.



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