5 players who need to leave Barcelona to progress
A look at the Barcelona players who almost certainly need a move away to revive their flagging careers at the club.
Not everyone fits in at Barcelona, and right now there are several players on borrowed time at the club. Over the last couple of seasons, there have been a few more questionable signings than usual as the much-maligned board and transfer committee have spent loosely as opposed to wisely.
Particularly concerning have been the deals done in and around the recent transfer ban that the club were slapped with. Even now Barca seem to lack direction when it comes to nailing down good deals and it has meant they've been left with a squad lacking in key areas - but unnecessarily full in others.
There are quite a few players on the wage bill that need a change of scenery and a case for a transfer away could be made for. Here are the five that might well be closer to the exit door than most and need a move sooner rather than later - wherever that may be.
#5 Andre Gomes
The biggest flop of recent years at Barcelona, and the biggest symbol of their inability to operative intelligently in the transfer market. Andre Gomes seemed to arrive at the club unnecessarily, as there was no great desire for a player of his skill set- and at Valencia, he’d only had two years with mixed results.
Barça opted to hand over €35 million, plus €20 million in add-ons, a fee that seemed extremely excessive for a player they didn’t truly need. There’s also a clause included within the deal stating that should Gomes win the Ballon d’Or, Valencia would be due extra money. While the likelihood of that happening is unlikely, the fact that such a clause was included makes this deal even more ludicrous.
The Portuguese has suffered immeasurably since joining the club. First, with Luis Enrique, he was unable to hold down a regular, consistent position as he was regularly shuffled around and more often than not away from his comfort zone. At Valencia, he was a key player, able to conclude attacks and drive the team on. He stood out. At Barça, however, his influence was minimised and acclimatising to that has been difficult.
He’s seemed anxious ever since arriving, and this has continued with new coach Ernesto Valverde who clearly has little time for the player. A move to Spurs nearly transpired in the summer but ultimately Gomes ended up remaining in Catalunya - for how long who knows. What is certain is that the 24-year-old needs a move away perhaps more than any other Barça player. There is a good player there but Gomes needs to remind many people he’s exactly that.