La Liga 'lacking star player' after Messi's Barcelona exit
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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman doesn’t have long left at the club if reports are to be believed. And after drawing 0-0 against Cadiz on Thursday night, there is every reason to believe the Dutchman will depart sooner rather than later.
An incredible collapse in last season’s campaign and the financial woes that surround the club have played a huge part in Koeman’s demise.
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has been linked with the hot seat, and with Koeman on his way out of the door he may have his own targets in mind.
Express Sport takes a look at their potential lineup if the Spaniard is appointed.
Goalkeeper: Ter Stegen
Ter Stegen joined Barcelona in 2014 as an understudy to Victor Valdes, and the German goalkeeper has shone in his time in Catalonia.
Having made almost 300 appearances for the club in just seven seasons at the Nou Camp, Ter Stegen has established himself as one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
And there is no reason to believe that that will change under the spell of Martinez.
Defence: Bellerin, Rudiger, Pique, Alba
Barcelona’s defence is a key reason for their downfall this season.
They don’t concede much, granted – but the output of Sergino Dest and the inexperience of Ronald Araujo doesn’t bring much confidence to rest of the Barcelona side.
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With experienced additions of wantaway Arsenal man Bellerin and Rudiger – who has entered the last year of his contract at Chelsea – Barcelona would become a much different outfit.
Midfield: Busquets, De Jong, Pedri
The midfield is not really a key issue at the Nou Camp.
Busquets continues to exert his brilliance in the midfield at the Blaugrana even at the age of 33, whilst Pedri is set to follow in his old team-mate Xavi’s footsteps by becoming Barcelona’s deep-lying playmaker.
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And with Frenkie de Jong started to get to grips in Spain, this is a midfield that doesn’t need changing.
Attack: Depay, Doku, Fati
The signings of Luuk de Jong and Martin Braithwaite were ludicrous to say the least – never mind actually starting them and losing Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, too.
The signing of Sergio Aguero hasn’t changed much given his tendencies to pick up injuries, as is the same with Ousmane Dembele.
And with a focus on youth clearly on the horizon at Barcelona, Martinez could cherry-pick youngster Jeremy Doku from Rennes after working with him in the Belgian team.
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