Top 3 most successful Barcelona outcasts this season
Barcelona have long been known as a highly ambitious team that is willing to spend big in the transfer market. However, their spendings are sometimes wasteful as they are still heavily relying upon veteran players such as Lionel Messi, Gerrard Pique, and Sergio Busquets.
Many former players failed to assimilate into the system although Barca bought them for a considerable price. Paco Alcacer, for example, was purchased by the Catalans for a massive €30 million only to be benched for 2-consecutive seasons before he was eventually sold to Borussia Dortmund for a lower price.
The Spanish striker had intended to be the future replacement for the aging Luis Suarez but found it hard to fit into the first team. Hence, his short Barcelona spell ended up in disappointment.
However, a miserable Barca career does not always mean it is the end of the world as several former Barca outcasts later became successful after switching to new clubs. Here, we will take a look at 3 of them:
#3 Marc Bartra
The Spanish defender was part of that not so successful La Masia generations who graduated after megastars such as Andres Iniesta and Carles Puyol. He was used sporadically by ever-changing Barcelona managers in his 6 years spell at the Nou Camp.
He had shown some promising signs at certain occasions in his time at the Catalan capital but he was no match against legendary defenders such as Puyol and Pique in the end. Barcelona then sold him to Borussia Dortmund for a mere €8 million. However, he found a foothold in the German division and he was eventually traded again to Real Betis for a slightly higher price not long after.
Now Bartra has proven to Barca how good he is as a center back. He has started nearly all of Betis games this season and has performed at a high level on a consistent basis. The Spaniard's defensive stats are impressive. His Barca DNA is also still intact as he has delivered an average of 88 percent of his passes.