- memphis depay From Barcelona post-Messi franchise player to oblivion
They say in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper that young people pay special attention to Miralem Pjanic (April 2, 1990, Tuzla, Bosnia). He is not one of those who sweat the most, but he is agile, alert and his booty rarely fails.
“It is not necessary to tell him where you want the ball because he, without saying anything, puts it on the spot for you,” they explain from the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. “People seem to have forgotten that Pjanic, for several years, was one of the best midfielders in Europe,” they argue from the Camp Nou offices, where they prefer not to dwell on the reasons why in his day ronald koeman he saw no use in his football.
Although another source close to the locker room does expose the arguments that have led to Xavi Hernandez to give him a chance when, after his disappointing loan spell to Turkish club Besiktas, he seemed lost for elite football. “Pjanic may have missed things, but he continues to have an insider’s eye on the game. In addition, he himself is sure that he can still succeed at Barça. Those things are seen when a player of his age, and despite the fact that his role is secondary, he comes to train with enthusiasm ».
Although it is true that training skills can increase the status of any footballer in the squad, the real test should be experienced by Pjanic this Sunday at Anoeta and against a Real Sociedad team that, precisely, has in the young Martin Zubimendi one of the best midfielders in the league.
After what Sergio Busquets saw the red card -the second in 15 seasons- in the disappointing azulgrana on the first day against Rayo, who opposes taking the position is Pjanic, the only natural replacement that the captain has in the squad. Either because Xavi continues without seeing Frankie de Jong as a positional midfielder, either because the youth squad Nico Gonzalezwhom the coach had tested in that metronome position in the preseason, preferred to claim a one-season loan to Valencia from Gattuso at the prospect of having few minutes of quality in the team. Even Xavi believes that, in case of urgency, he could pass through the position Andreas Christensento which the extreme competition in the central position can reduce prominence.
It did not help Pjanic at all to have been recruited in the darkest times of the mandate of Joseph Maria Bartomeu. He was Barcelona’s third signing for the 2020-21 season, after Francis Trincao -whom the Barça club has already sent this summer back to Portugal (Sporting Club)- and Matheus Fernandes, whom the entity ended up firing without even being introduced. Pjanic’s case could not escape the governmental tricks of that board.
Pjanic’s signing for Barcelona was made official one day before Barcelona closed the financial year. The motivation for that operation transcended sports. Faced with the risk of presenting red numbers on the balance sheet, Bartomeu’s team devised an operation that simulated a swap with Arthur Melo. Thus, the Brazilian midfielder was valued at 72 million (ten in variables), while Barça agreed to pay 60 million plus another five in incentives for the Bosnian midfielder. The hypervaluation of the soccer players had to generate succulent capital gains in which all the parties believed to win.
In Pjanic there was a curious paradox in his first stage as a Barça player. He played all the Champions League matches (he was always a starter except for the two round of 16 matches in which PSG Mbappe he took the team ahead), but in the League his participation was completely residual (barely 19 games). In the 30 games he played that season he neither scored nor assisted. And while the footballer complained, Ronald Koeman condemned him to oblivion.
When his transfer to Besiktas was consummated, and in an interview with the newspaper Brand, Pjanic already let go. He accused Koeman of having disrespected him. And that his efforts were useless to have more opportunities: «I always trained well, worked, went on days off to keep in shape, sometimes I went to run alone… But [Koeman] He gave me the cross from the beginning (…). He was a very, very, very strange coach. It was the first time I saw such a management.
Pjanic, who has just become a father for the second time, who amazed at Olympique de Lyon when he scored and eliminated Pellegrini’s Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 (2009-10), who learned the codes of calcium at Roma, and who won Serie A four times with Juventus, believes he is entitled to a second chance. Or to a second life.
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