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Barcelona’s Major Signings Rated And Reviewed After A Turbulent Season In La Liga

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Barcelona have endured a turbulent season in La Liga and European football over the past ten months. However, the Catalan club has done well to clinch a second-place finish in the league table.

Barca decided to sign Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong (on loan) ahead of the 2021-22 campaign and went on to recruit Dani Alves (on a free transfer), Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore last winter.

Let’s take a look at how each of their signings fared during this campaign.

Eric Garcia – 6.5/10

Garcia had an up and down season at the Nou Camp but performed well enough to establish himself as a vital member of Xavi’s defence. The Spaniard was involved in 36 matches for the Catalan giants during this campaign since arriving from Manchester City on a free transfer last summer.

Memphis Depay – 7.5/10

Depay enjoyed a rich vein of form in the first half of this campaign. However, since the turn of the year, his form has been questionable. The Dutch sensation banged in 13 goals and picked up a couple of assists in 38 matches for Barca this season.

Luuk de Jong – 7/10

De Jong found himself on Xavi’s bench for most of this campaign. However, he managed to catch the eye by finding the back of the net seven times and bagging one assist in 29 appearances for the Catalans over the past season.

Barcelona’s players react at the end of the Spanish League football match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Dani Alves – 7/10

Alves was facing an uncertain future before he rejoined Barcelona back in November on a free transfer. Even at the age of 38, the Brazilian proved himself to be a solid presence on the right side of Xavi’s defence. He ended the campaign with one goal and four assists to his name as well.

Ferran Torres – 7/10

Torres has managed to impress at the Nou Camp after making a high-profile switch from Manchester City during the winter transfer period. The Spaniard was a consistent performer as he registered seven goals and six assists in 26 matches this season.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – 8/10

Aubameyang put his problems from his Arsenal days behind him and has firmly established himself as a prolific forward at Barcelona. The 32-year-old scored 13 goals and grabbed one assist in 23 appearances for the Catalan club.

Adama Traore – 5.5/10

Traore has failed to impress on his return to the Nou Camp. He picked up just two assists in 11 league appearances for Barca this season.

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