June 20, 2024

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Barcelona’s Season: Identifying the Top 5 Underperforming Players

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In recent matches, Barcelona has faced challenges with certain players struggling to maintain their form, prompting a reconsideration of the starting lineup. Let’s take a closer look at the players currently facing performance issues:

Oriol Romeu’s Defensive Struggles:

The defensive midfielder, Oriol Romeu, has faced ongoing challenges since late September. While Frenkie de Jong’s injury may contribute to his difficulties, relying on him during crucial moments has proven unreliable.

 Romeu’s defensive lapses, particularly in significant games, were evident in the match against Alaves, almost costing Barcelona valuable points.

Alejandro Balde’s Form Decline:

Once a regular starter, left-back Alejandro Balde now finds himself on the sidelines, reflecting his less-than-ideal form this season. Notably, he was not even included in the Spain squad. Balde’s diminished contributions, both in rapid runs down the left side and defensive errors, contrast starkly with his performances last season.

Joao Cancelo’s Diminished Efficiency:

Portuguese player Joao Cancelo, who displayed early-season efficiency, has seen a decline in performance. Despite his active presence in midfield and forward runs, Cancelo’s contributions on the pitch now seem ineffective, often leaving substantial gaps behind him.

Andreas Christensen’s Struggles in Recent Starts:

Andreas Christensen, given consecutive starts against Athletic Club and Real Madrid, failed to impress and was at fault for the sole goal conceded against Shakhtar Donetsk. Although he aids in positional buildup, Christensen’s performances fall short compared to Inigo Martinez, who has overtaken him in the pecking order.

Fermin’s Inconsistent Displays:

Despite impressive outings at home against Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid, 20-year-old Fermin has struggled to maintain his form in away matches against Athletic Club, Real Sociedad, Alaves, and Shakhtar. 

Initially considered an undisputed starter in October, his dip in form and Pedri’s comeback have shifted his status within the team.

As Barcelona faces these challenges, adjustments to the starting lineup might be necessary to optimize overall team performance.

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