Assessing 30-year-old Barcelona target and the qualities he brings


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The latest ordeal that concerns FC Barcelona is to close down an elite player in a position that serves many purposes for the Catalan club. Previously helmed by the legendary Sergio Busquets, Barcelona remain on the hunt for a suitable successor to his mantle.

In recent weeks, out of all the previously mentioned and highlighted options, it is Marcelo Brozovic who has come to be defined as being the number one priority for Barcelona at the moment.

An effective way to analyze why this is the case would be to revisit his previous season for Inter Milan. Courtesy of Mundo Deportivo, the player’s key statistics of the 2022/2023 season can be brought into light.

First and foremost, the player was the captain of the Serie A side and even led them in the rather cagey UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City, from which coincidentally his opposing captain, Ilkay Gundogan, is expected to soon be unveiled as a new Barcelona player.

In terms of distance traveled, the Croatian midfielder was bested only by Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio, whose 8087 km were the only numbers that surpassed Brozovic’s 7819 km ran.

The player was also involved in 9 goals directly for the Milan-based side. Having scored three times and assisted the remaining six, he had a commendable output despite it not being his concerned department nor forte.

Another impressive statistic to display is his pass success rate. A classy 90% pass success rate from a total of 1446 passes is evidence of his strong vision and passing ability.

From a defensive point of view, the 30-year-old midfielder made a total of 141 recoveries while he only lost possession of the ball a total of 6 times, an incredibly impressive feat. The Croatian also won the award as the best midfielder of the 2021/2022 season in Serie A in the previous iteration of the Italian league.

Other feats to display the great qualities that the Croatian veteran brings to the club are there to be seen and assessed as one wishes, but should Barcelona end up managing to bring him in, they ought to rest assured they are set to bring in one of the very best that the Serie A has to offer.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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