Barcelona made a big statement on the transfer front this summer by snapping up Turkish international midfielder Arda Turan from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.
The former Vicente Calderon favourite won’t be able to represent the Catalans until January, owing to the club’s transfer embargo, but when he does, big things will be expected of him
Turan is a dynamic midfielder with wonderful ball control, an excellent range of passing and a cool head in front of goal, often coming up with key goals during Atleti’s huge recent successes.
But the question everyone wants to know is – Where will Turan play in the second half of the campaign? After all, this is a Barcelona team who last season won yet another historic treble.
Luis Enrique’s squad boasted little, if any, weaknesses in 2014/15. A tight defence was backed by a balanced midfield, while the front three scored a combined 122 goals in all competitions.
Well, as per the graphic above, in order to maintain the shape and balance in midfield, Turan is likely to compete with Ivan Rakitic and Andreas Iniesta, with the latter more likely to be alternated.
That is no slight on Iniesta, as Barca’s regular skipper will go down as one of Spain’s most decorated players in history. But at 31, he may need to start taking extra rests and share his duties somewhat.
The deeper the La Liga giants go in their quest for another treble, the more games they will play and squad rotation will be important, especially if injuries start to occur to key positions.
Turan will have plenty of opportunities to stake his claim for a regular starting berth, and depending on the opposition and occasion, boss Luis Enrique may feel he is more than ideal to be included in a best XI.