5 players who don't deserve to play at Barcelona anymore
There is no question that FC Barcelona have made huge strides in the past decade or so. They set the benchmark and then elevated it as they won the Champions League four times in a single decade.
The Catalan club established a period of dominance which sadly came to an end with a whimper as their rivals Real Madrid took up the mantle in recent seasons.
One of the main factors contributing to their 'relative' downfall is the lack of squad strength to compete on all fronts. Squad mismanagement and botched transfers have seen some poor players still benefit from Barcelona's bad business in the market, unnecessarily inflating the wage bill.
Here are five players who don't deserve to be at the Camp Nou anymore.
#5 Javier Mascherano
The Argentine midfielder-turned-defender has had a stellar career at the Camp Nou since his move from Liverpool in 2010, having made over 330 appearances and won 17 trophies.
But at the age of 33, his best years are sadly behind him. His decline was very visible last season when he struggled to make an impact in various formations - especially the 3-3-1-3 where he was the weakest link.
This season has already seen Ernesto Valverde try to ease him out of the starting XI, playing him only when necessary. He has played only 450 minutes in La Liga in the 2017/18 campaign so far.
With Samuel Umtiti stepping up in defence and Paulinho impressing alongside Sergio Busquets, there is no longer room for Mascherano in either of the two positions he is comfortable playing in.
“I am always analysing my situation. I do not rule out anything, I do not want to be a prisoner of my words, I will seek my happiness.” - Mascherano
At least the player himself understands the situation and has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou with former club Liverpool and Juventus reportedly interested in his services.