Barcelona’s opening La Liga game against Rayo Vallecano was a rather eye-opener for several reasons. For one, it was evident that there is still a lot of work to be done on the attacking front. The other issue that came forward was the lack of depth in the full-back area.
Barcelona’s La Liga opener against Rayo Vallecano was pretty open for several reasons. For one thing, it was evident that there is still a lot of work to be done on the offensive front. Another issue that emerged was the lack of depth at full-back.
Journalist Xavi Lemus shed light on the latter situation and said that the coaching staff insists on strengthening two defensive positions. While Marcos Alonso will fill the left-back position, Barcelona are now studying options for the right-back position.
It’s pretty evident that Xavi doesn’t really trust regular right-back Sergino Desta for the job, preferring to use Ronaldo Araujo to overcome the awkward situation. Although the Uruguayan has done well at times, he is not a natural right-back.
Honestly, Xavi doesn’t have much work for that exact position. He expects Dest to leave, although the Dutch-born American defender appears adamant that he wants to succeed in the navy and blue of the Blaugrana.
There are currently no active negotiations with any team for the young right-back, but Barcelona have several targets in mind for the right-back. This includes former Arsenal captain Hector Bellerin among others after Cesar Azpilicueta’s contract collapsed a few weeks ago.
Xavi understands the situation, especially after seeing Araujo struggle to fit into the role. His comments: “We have to strengthen there” after the game were therefore not surprising.
There have been reports that Xavi could also deploy Jules Kounde on the right, but the former Sevilla man is said to have indicated to the manager that he does not wish to play at right-back.
This means that Barcelona have no choice but to dig deep into the market and explore the options available to strengthen their right-back position.