|Back at the club he left as a promising 16 year old|
How will he fit into the Barcelona team?
Pep has said that he'd be playing a 3-4-3 formation at home and against weaker teams, is this really a suitable formation though?
Barca's defense is far from assured, Alves plays more like a winger than a full back which will mean that instead of a back 3, they'll have a back 2 or even just 1! Puyol is starting to decline, the little pace he did have is now almost non-existent. Pique is by far their best defender but is 1 defender able to stop all attacks? I very much doubt it, so this team could actually become easier to beat and very much weaker now that they have their man.
Offensively Barca are unrivaled, the front 3 of Messi, Sanchez and Villa will be very difficult to defend against. With players like Xavi, Iniesta and now Fabregas offering them goals on a plate, it's hard to see how they can be held at bay. It's presumed that the midfield will be a diamond formation, with Busquets as the defensive minded player, Xavi and Iniesta as the centre of the diamond and Fabregas at the tip. Whether this formation is viable only time will tell but one thing is for sure if it does work, Barca will be at a whole new level of brilliance.
Is the deal right?
I'd love to say the deal was right for every party, but if you look at whats happened it looks like Barca have robbed Arsenal of their prized possession. £35M seems like a small price when you consider that players like Torres went for £50M and Aguero and Tevez around £40M, you can only say this is due to the 'tapping up' which seemed to be a daily occurrence.Will Barca get punished for this act? Not when you're the darling of Uefa!
It's the same when it comes to their unsportsmanlike conduct, the blatant dives and the surrounding of referees to influence their decisions as well as trying to get opposition players carded. For all their passing ability and excellent footballing ability, there is that massive black mark, which is the reason that I and several other people don't rate this team as highly as they could be.
On that bombshell i'd like to end, feel free to comment and thanks for reading.