Barcelona’s jewel, Andres Iniesta, arguably one of the best midfielders the world has ever seen and the best player to never win the coveted Ballon d’Or.
On the pitch, he is one of the most difficult footballers to dispossess, and his vision, technique, balance and killer passes are some of the traits which makes him great. Off the pitch, he. is one of the most respected footballers around the world and particularly in Spain.
The 33-year old’s contract ends at the end of next season and there are rumors the Barcelona board don’t see him as a priority.
Ernesto Valverde apparently is one of the key reasons why the club didn’t cash up on the midfield maestro this summer. During the 2016/17 season, Iniesta was not consistent as he had an injury stricken campaign. But selling the captain will be one of the biggest mistakes the club has ever and will ever make.
Andres Iniesta will always be valuable for Barcelona as long as he plays because of his ability to maintain possession, which is what the team believes in.
61 – Andres Iniesta completed 61 of his 63 passes against Italy, more than any other player in the game. Delicatessen. pic.twitter.com/s1fvJsgs0D
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 2, 2017
So, if Valverde wants to get the best of the ageing midfielder, he should play him alongside younger and more energetic midfielders like Busquets, Rakitic, Roberto and possibly Marco Verratti, if they sign him.
One reason why Iniesta suffered so much during the last campaign was because Barcelona spent most of the time chasing the ball, something which he has never really done.
Also, there was no consistent player to partner with him at the midfield as Enrique kept on trying different players and formations. Now , if Valverde returns the confidence on Iniesta, and make a stable partner to complete the trio with Busquets at the midfield, Barcelona will once more enjoy the best Iniesta has offered throughout his career.
Written by Ayodeji Ayorinde
Ayodeji is a burgeoning Football writer and Pundit. He enjoys to write about European football