Barcelona bought Ferran Torres for a fee of €55 million in the winter transfer window of January 2022. He enjoyed a good start to his career at the Catalan club, as he got plenty of opportunities in the first team, but things have changed since that time.
Ferran Torres’ form has particularly declined since the Qatar World Cup, where he scored 2 goals in the opening match for Spain against Costa Rica, but struggled for form in the rest of the tournament. This poor form has continued as he returned to Barcelona for club duties, as he has started only two matches since then, both in the Copa del Rey ties against Intercity and Ceuta.
Even in those games, Torres was not able to attract any meaningful attention of Xavi, which would have resulted in more game time for him. Things went even worse when he made a substitute appearance in the Liga match against Atletico Madrid, in which he got a red card for his altercation with Savic. Since that time, he only got around 5 minutes to close the matches against Sevilla and Betis.
The change in Xavi’s system has also not helped Torres, as the team has shifted from a three at the front to a 4 in the midfield system. Still, SPORT reports that Xavi has faith in his potential, and is willing to give him some game time in the coming weeks.
This is in line with Xavi’s approach to other fringe players like Raphinha and Kessie, who have got significant game time in recent matches. Recovering Torres’ form should also be high on Xavi’s agenda, as he can come in handy in the upcoming tight schedule, and any hope of cutting the losses with Torres’ will also rest on how well he can perform on the pitch.