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Spanish Midfielder Keen On Making A Switch To Barcelona: What Will He Add To Koeman’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Mundo Deportivo mentioned that Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is keen on making a switch to Barcelona this summer as Ronald Koeman’s playing methods ‘motivate’ the player. It is believed that the Spaniard’s desire to move to the Nou Camp could give Barca an edge over Liverpool in the race to sign the talented playmaker in this off-season (via Mundo Deportivo).

Saul’s Impressive Campaign At The Spanish Capital

Saul had another successful season at the Wanda Metropolitano as he established himself as a top performer in Diego Simeone’s first XI. The 26-year-old participated in 41 matches for the Madrid outfit last season, netting two goals and securing one assist in multiple competitions.

The Elche-born sensation had done well to make an impact in both halves after he averaged 1.7 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 1.0 clearances, 1.0 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. He even spread the ball well from midfield based on his pass completion rate of 84.8% in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

Saul’s important contributions helped Simeone’s side clinch the La Liga title earlier this summer which goes to show just how effective he can at both ends of the pitch. Hence, Barca would be wise to launch a move to bring him to Catalonia ahead of the new campaign.

Saul Niguez keen on making a switch to Barcelona (Saul Niguez is seen in the picture)
Atletico de Madrid v C.A. Osasuna – La Liga Santander Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid during the warm-up before the La Liga Santander match between Atletico de Madrid and C.A. Osasuna at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 16, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. Madrid Spain breton-atletico210516_np21Z PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxFRA Copyright: xJosexBretonx

What Will Saul Niguez Add To Ronald Koeman’s Side?

Saul can contribute by doing a bit of everything at the centre of the park and has got a wide range of passes in his locker. He can even get stuck in with some solid tackles and has got the tenacity to secure possession back for his team in midfield.

The Spanish talent can clear his lines when required and is proficient at creating some decent chances for his teammates in the attacking third. Saul is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can also fill in as a left-sided wide player if needed. He has got a wealth of experience and a winning mindset to be a success story at the Nou Camp.

There is no doubt that Saul will add a lot of creativity and dynamism to Koeman’s midfield department and has what it takes to secure a regular starting place in Barca’s first team next season. The Catalans should consider moving in for the Atletico Madrid midfield ace as he could help them win the La Liga title once again and even challenge for the UEFA Champions League trophy in the coming seasons.

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