What Jean-Clair Todibo brings to Barcelona?
Who is he?
Jean-Clair Todibo is a 19-year-old Frenchman who plays for Ligue 1 club Toulouse FC as a centre-back. He was playing regularly for the French side this season and has been linked with various top clubs like FC Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City, and Manchester United.
He is basically a right centre-back, who is compared to his compatriot, Raphael Varane due to his pace and agility. He is dominating in the air and good at passing the ball as well. This season in Ligue 1, he averages 1.8 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game. These are pretty impressive statistics for a 19-year-old centre-back.
FC Barcelona signed a pre-contract with Todibo which will see him join the Camp Nou outfit in the summer on a free transfer after his contract expires.
How will this affect FC Barcelona?
With his arrival in summer, Barcelona will have great depth in defense, especially at the heart of it. Barcelona already have Pique, Lenglet, Vermaelen, and Umtiti to play as centre-backs.
Barca's loan signing Jeison Murillo's fate will be decided on how he performs in the coming months. That will decide whether the club will exercise the option to purchase him or not.
As for Todibo, he will provide good cover for Pique at the right centre-back position and has the potential to become a really good player for the future.
The conclusion is that he's a really good signing for the Catalans and the fact that they managed to sign a highly promising player for free makes this move almost risk-free. So, it will be interesting to see whether he really does prove the hype surrounding him to be ‘the next Varane'.