Last season, FC Barcelona has successfully added the La Liga and Copa del Rey trophy into their collection, which makes them, become one of the successful football team in Europe. However, the failure in Champions League still lingers in the head of fans and player. Therefore, they need to move fast to strengthen their squad, moreover with Andres Iniesta decide to move and play in Japan. Iniesta is indeed important player for Barcelona after Xavi Hernandez left the club few years back. He becomes the playmaker that can connect the ball from middle field to the front, where Messi and other striker can make it into goal opportunity. Although Barcelona has successfully bought Phillipe Coutinho in the winter transfer window, it seems that the Ernesto Valverde and the team still need new player that can play on the position that Iniesta left behind, as playmaker as well as maybe the backup for Coutinho, if Valverde plan to play him on that position. Here are several players that are issued to become the replacement for Andres Iniesta.
Carles Alena He is player that comes from Barcelona B and La Masia academy. There is possibility that he will be promoted to play as one of Barcelona midfielder. As we all know, he has been trained with the main squad for the all entire last season. Valverde also said that he has big chance to be part of the main squad for next season.
Alena also has played several matches in Copa del Rey and show really good performance. He scored goals, make assist and can show the Barcelona football style. He has speed and good dribbling skill, which remind us of the young Iniesta. Moreover, he is more power-type player, which Barcelona need right now. Sometimes, their opponent can win in one on one situation because they have better physic. So, at least, Alena can face this kind of situation without problem. And maybe, he can give new style in the Barcelona football.
Oriol Busquet Oriol has no blood relation with the Barcelona midfielder, Sergio Busquet. But, Oriol position and playing style is really similar to the other Busquet. However, the good thing about this 19 years old player is he can play in different position, including Iniesta position. He shows his skill when he played as debutant in the match against Real Murcia. Barcelona won 5-0.
Oriol has height that will help them to cover the air ball as well. We can’t say that his skill and performance is in Iniesta or Busquet class. But, we can see that it will go there eventually. He has good vision, just like Busquet and Iniesta. He also has good defense skill, which is pretty similar to Busquet in reading opponent player and ball movement, apply pressure, provoke opponent and take the ball. So, if he gets good chance to play, he will be able to turn into one of best player in Barcelona midfield. Unfortunately, he is still recovering from injury right now. So, Valverde still look at his condition before decide to buy player for replacing Iniesta position.
Miralem Pjanic Actually, Lionel Messi is one of Barcelona player that want this player to play in the squad. Pjanic is known as one of the best playmaker in Serie A, which lead Juventus midfield. Pjanic has good skill in starting the team attack. He also can make a good long pass that can be used by the frontline to make goal opportunity. His free kick is also one of the deadly in Serie A. Therefore, we can say that if Barcelona has successfully acquired the sign from Pjanic, the team will get strong player addition in their squad.
However, there is a chance that Juventus won’t release this player that easier. Previously, Manchester City has offered £44 million to get this player, but Juventus reject it. The Juventus management said that it will be difficult to find player with similar quality as replacement with that amount of money. Therefore, we can see that Juventus ask more for this player. If Barcelona really wants to get Pjanic, maybe they should release their player. Andre Gomez is rumored to be released. But, we need to see how it will be.
Cristian Eriksen Eriksen is one of most important player of Tottenham Hotspur. He becomes the soul of the Hotspur midfield. He can play as playmaker, attacking midfielder and even second striker. And, according to rumor, Eriksen said that he want to leave Hotspur this summer and find new challenge. There is no further information about the club where he will join, but there is big possibility that Barcelona is his choice.
Eriksen has ability to score a goal. He also has good long shot skill, which make this ability become what Barcelona need, because their opponent love to use total defense strategy that sometimes very difficult to penetrate. In Barcelona itself, there is Ivan Rakitic that has that ability. With Eriksen ability, Barcelona will have more option in their attacking pattern. However, because Eriksen is one of important player for Hotspur, we can expect that Hotspur will place high price for him. At least, Barcelona might have to prepare around £80 million to get this player.
Other than those four, there is also other player that Barcelona can optimize for the midfielder position. He is Denis Suarez. He showed good performance last season, when he played on several important matches. However, just like Andres Gomez, he make lot of mistake when the team in defense position. Therefore, there is still worried in fans mind, if Valverde place him on the position that Iniesta formerly played. As backup for Coutinho, it is also quite difficult, because he is already 24 years old. Basically, this is the age when he should get the main position in the squad. He can play as left wing, but if Barcelona use Dembele as well, it will be difficult for him. Now, we just need to wait who will be the one that play in the position that Iniesta left behind.