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5 Premier League stars that would make Barcelona a better team

Rohith Nair
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29.13K   //    17 Oct 2017, 22:20 IST

Barcelona have undergone a number of changes in their playing style in recent years with Johan Cruyff's philosophy taking a backseat in a quest for success. However, Ernesto Valverde seems to have reinstilled the best aspects of Cruyff's style at the Camp Nou.

The Catalan club now plays in a manner quite opposite to Luis Enrique's approach. Possession football is back while Valverde also demands quick transitions from defence to attack.

While this is just the start for the Basque manager, there are positions he could strengthen to get the best out of his team. We look at five Premier League players he could sign to improve this team.

Also read: 5 major differences between Valverde and Enrique's tactics at Barcelona


#1 Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Barcelona sign Christian Eriksen transfer
Christian Eriksen - the ideal playmaker for Barcelona?

Barcelona's entire summer was a transfer saga that involved the pursuit of Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho. They never got their man but many questioned whether he was the right man to take the La Liga club to the next level.

tenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen would have actually been a better bet. Why the Danish playmaker is so vastly underrated in England and abroad remains a mystery. The 25-year-old created more chances than anyone in the Premier League last season - 112 chances compared to Kevin De Bruyne's 103 and Mesut Ozil's 100.

Harry Kane has Eriksen to thank for his Golden Boot as he converted six passes from the Danish international to goals. But that's not all he's adept at.

His pass-and-move style of play is ideal for a team like Barcelona. Having modeled his game on Andres Iniesta, Eriksen's silent demeanour and perfect timing allows him to slip between the lines to receive the ball and make the killer-pass (even if it isn't the assist).

The only thing that would stand in Barcelona's way is Spurs chairman Daniel Levy who is arguably the toughest negotiator on the transfer market.

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