The transfer ban slam on Barcelona is a deep pain. One that if not managed well could lead to greater woes for the Spanish club. The disappointment of not winning any cup last season is still lingering on players, management and fans’ minds alike. Despite parading players that have won all available club trophies, nothing was won under the Argentine coach Tata Martino. The La liga slipped away at last minute, the UEFA champions league exit was painful, issues came up after Neymar’s transfer, Messi had issues with tax evasion accusations, and the club was just not at its overall best in terms of management too. The president had to resign, and everything seemed doom the moment FIFA placed a ban on the club in the transfer market – After having “over-bought” underage players.
But some problems are blessings in disguise. Players like Rafinha, Munir El Haddadi and Alen Halilović will benefit immensely from the ban, as that will afford them more playing time and in the process – growth and experience. These crops of players are the future of the great club, and they must step up their games during this period, if they ever are to fill the shoes of the Iniestas, Messis and Xavis.
In Barca’s last league game, Rafinha showed the stuff he is made of. Apart from the fact that he scored an incredible rebound, his overall performance pivoting in the midfield alongside Iniesta and Busquet was splendid. With the transfer ban meant to go on till January, 2016, the Brazilian will be entitled to more playing time and possibly turn a star in the process. His ranks are bound to shoot up through the reserve team.
Muniru and Halilović were particularly exceptional during the pre-season friendlies, standing out amongst the other Barca B players that featured in the matches. The latter was helpful during the earlier part of the season, standing in for the at-that-time banned Suarez. The 19-year old was preferred ahead of Pedro in the lineups; he bagged a couple of goals and assists. Though, he looked raw and unfinished, but with more playing time and on-field rapport with the experienced geniuses, Munir is on his way to the top. Alen Halilović on the other hand has featured more for the team B in the segunda division; his exploits since his signing from Dinamo Zagreb have been top-notch. His runs, dribbles and style of play are of great promising quality. No doubt, he is one to watch out for.
The ban should continue, Barcelona F.C has nothing to worry about. With these three boys poised for soccer greatness, it can only get better for the team.