Who should start on the left wing for Barcelona?
The left wing is a position that was under question mark for most of the just concluded campaign. As Barcelona start their season on the 27th of this month and the fans looking forward to life under Koeman; one of the puzzles he would have to solve is who starts on the left-wing.
As dim as life was under Setien, Barcelona can’t be accused of having a terrible squad and as such no-one is expecting mammoth signings from the club.
However, some positional concerns need to be addressed, especially upfront. One of such is the position of Left-wing.
Let’s walk-through the options Barcelona have on the left wing:
This is most obvious option right now, and one which would gladden the hearts of cules all over the world. It would be interesting to see the rise of a young player at the point when Messi’s future might lie away from the club.
Ansu Fati has broken several records since he made his Barcelona debut, he has transferred that ginger to the Spanish National team becoming the national team’s youngest ever goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 311 days. He also became the youngest player to start a match in the UEFA Nations League.
The 17-year old forward is capable of playing on the wing and upfront. He has shown what he is capable of on the left wing as he was involved in 9 goals last season in 33 appearances (starting only 15).
Koeman has requested for his countryman’s signature and with his price set at around 30 million Euros, it would be surprising if his wish was not granted.
Depay is a pacey forward with a keen eye for goal, he is capable of playing upfront and on the left wing. He is the type of bold player Barcelona needs and is capable of conjuring magic by himself without looking for Messi everytime on the pitch.
If he comes in, it would be more likely he starts ahead of Fati easing the pressure that would have been otherwise dropped on the youngster’s shoulder.
He scored 15 times for Lyon last season in 22 appearances.
The Frenchman is very much capable of playing on both wings and could also be an option on the left, although he plays better when fielded on the right-wing. He also has to spend less time in the hospital this season if he is going to be useful for the team.
Barcelona definitely needed his pace many times last season and he would provide pace and width upfront.
However, Koeman wouldn’t want to bank on Dembele going into the new season considering his injury history.
This is my least preferred option as someone with the creativity of Coutinho should be allowed to fourish in midfield where he can link up play more.
However we saw how effective Coutinho can be at Bayern when he has a marauding full back behind him that likes to overlap. With Jordi Alba at left-back, the Brazilian could act as a false-winger and play more central.
New signing Pedri is another option at left-wing and although he is not expected to get much game-time with the first team, it would be interesting to see how he performs when given the chance.