5 worst signings made by Luis Enrique for Barcelona
Was the ineffectiveness of Enrique in the transfer market the reason for Barcelona's recent defeat to Roma in the Champions League?
In the wake of the recent defeat to Roma, it is relevant to look into the factors that caused Barcelona's downfall in the Champions League. As many pointed out, fatigue, lack of squad rotation and a mediocre bench are some of the many reasons that resulted in their loss at Stadio Olimpico.
Was Ernesto Valverde alone to blame for that? Should Enrique be taking a share of the blame for his inefficiency in the transfer market in his last two seasons?
When Luis Enrique took charge of Barcelona in 2014, he had the difficult job of reviving and rebuilding the aging Catalans. Although, in his last two seasons with the Catalans, the players he signed didn't live up to the expectations.
Here are five signings made by Enrique who didn't actually live up to the initial hype. Considering their ages, they were presumed to strengthen the Catalan side in the long run but ended up doing the opposite.
#5 Aleix Vidal
By the end of 2014-15 season, Dani Alves started showing the signs of decline. He was no more the old flying wing back. So Enrique decided to bring in a quality back up who would eventually replace Alves at right back.
He started well for Barcelona, but an injury prevented him from keeping up the tempo. Alves was sold to Juventus the next season and the right back position was up for grabs. But Vidal stumbled and faltered. His lack of pace and decision making put Barca in tight situations so often.
Eventually, he lost his place to the make-shift right back Sergi Roberto and could manage only 15 appearances in 3 seasons with the Catalans. The arrival of Nelson Semedo in the summer further restricted the opportunities for Vidal. It looks increasingly probable that he'll leave Barca by next season.