Out of favour Barcelona midfielder certain to seek redemption

Date:

Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Frank Kessie was one of the high-profile names signed by FC Barcelona in the last transfer window, and his performances with the Serie A winning AC Milan team last season caused Blaugrana faithful to raise high hopes of the midfielder for this season.

His main qualities included strength, steel, and determination in the center of the field, and while these characteristics do not exactly match the traditional Barcelona style of play, he was still expected to play an important role in the squad, and follow the footsteps of some highly illustrious players that have played for the club, i.e. Seydou Keita, Yaya Toure, Edgar Davids, and even Paulinho.

However, the Ivorian player has not had a shining first half of the season and was even linked with a move away from Camp Nou due to the lack of playing time. The high degree of competition in the midfield, and the high expectations of the club means any new coming player has to adapt to the club quickly in order to get first-team chances. The injury to his femoral biceps in early November made it even more difficult for him to compete effectively with his competitors in the Barcelona midfield.

According to a report from SPORT, the Ivorian is now intending to get back to his best and play an important part for the hectic second half of the season. For this purpose, the player kept up his training with his trusted physical trainer, when the rest of the squad was either busy with the World Cup or having a break from club football.

He has been training at a friend’s house during the break, and having now returned to the club, is undertaking strenuous training sessions at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper with the assistance of his trainer. The player is convinced that the hectic schedule in the upcoming months will provide him with an opportunity to showcase his true abilities to Xavi, and is giving his all to make this a reality.

Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari has been covering Spanish football as a writer for Barca News Network for the last one and a half year and as an amateur football fanatic for more than 10 years. He mainly covers on and off-field happenings taking place at Barcelona including transfer news, administrative changes, match reports, and any other eventful news coming out of the club.

Recommended Articles

Related Articles

Injured Barcelona star shares positive message amidst his recovery

FC Barcelona have many injured stars at the moment who are in the process of recovery. As for...

Flick commits to adapting the same style as ‘Cruyff or Pep’ in first Barcelona presser

Today could turn out to be a historic day for FC Barcelona as the new coach, Hansi Flick,...

Hansi Flick ready to ‘wait’ for €25m Barcelona player despite latest injury setback

Ansu Fati was regarded as the next big thing coming out of La Masia. At the age of...

Barcelona looking for another unique kit sponsor – report

With their finances highly strained, FC Barcelona will have to work a lot to be able to make...

Barcelona now cautious of PSG’s interest in key €70m target

It is understandable that Barcelona would not be the only club to pursue the most prominent of summer...

Barcelona already have a plan for their latest summer signing

FC Barcelona are trying their best to give Hansi Flick a competitive squad as soon as possible. Unfortunately...

Barcelona see their first offer for Euro 2024 star fall flat

One of the worst-kept secrets of this summer transfer window is Barcelona's interest in signing Nico Williams and...

Barcelona Director Deco meets with agents of €60m Spanish star

Dani Olmo is no stranger to Barcelona having spent his formative years at the famed La Masia academy....

Barcelona renew promising 17-year-old midfielder until 2026

FC Barcelona continue to give importance to the young players they have both at the senior and youth...

Barcelona forward suffers untimely injury ahead of pre-season tour

Just as things begin to look brighter in FC Barcelona, more vulnerabilities begin to show up. Over the...

Barcelona to sign €50m-rated Arsenal target only if de Jong leaves

Mikel Merino is a player that Barcelona admire and have been linked with this transfer window but it...

Key Barcelona target facing maximum pressure to decide his future

In the past few weeks, Nico Williams has made himself the top transfer target of FC Barcelona for...