Barcelona could loan French defender Samuel Umtiti to Italian side AS Roma before the window closes. Umtiti lost his place in the first eleven to fellow countryman Lenglet and there are reports that he is pushing for a move away from the club.
After helping France win the World Cup in Russia last year the centre back suffered an ankle injury which made him miss the opening part of the season. On his return, Umtiti suffered from loss of form and has not been able to regain the form that made him one of the best defenders in the world.
Thomas Vermaelen is a former player of Arsenal and center-back of Ajax, who has till date made a total of 70 appearances for the team of Belgium, has missed a lot of games due to the injury that he suffered. If we will go by the statistics, then in total he has missed 104 matches for the present club Barcelona since he joined the club in the year 2014.
Moreover, the 33-year-old player has missed a total of 88 games during his 5-year stint at the club of Arsenal, 31 games in a spell of 6 years at the Ajax and a total of 17 matches at the AS Roma, the Italian side. For the sake of goodness, he was just on one season-long loan at the A.S. Roma.
Thomas Vermaelen has endured a checkered career so far at Barcelona with injuries derailing the number of games played for the club. since making the move from Arsenal in 2014 the Belgium international has had a club-high 12 injuries.
These injuries have ranged from Achilles, Hamstring, Calf and Muscle problems which have hindered the defender. despite this Vermaelen has been reliable when called upon and generally puts in a good shift for the defence. This has endeared him to the Nou Camp faithful despite his unavailability for most parts of the season.
The 3-5-2 framework functioned admirably against Levante, yet the wounds at the middle back position limit Ernesto Valverde’s strategic alternatives. Ousmane Dembele put in an expert execution in the wing-back location despite the fact that it restricted his assaulting impact and the back three balanced well to the alteration. Ivan Rakitic merits credit also to space into the correct focus back location when Thomas Vermaelen needed to go off. Against Levante, they began gradually because of the players as yet changing in accordance with the locations and the spacings between one another. Gerard Pique worked superbly of guaranteeing that Dembele was satisfactorily upheld, so the restriction attempted to confine him in perilous circumstances. They needed smoothness going advances in the main half; however cautious slip-ups from Levante permitted Barca and Lionel Messi specifically, to benefit. He finished the amusement with a cap trap and two bits of help.
The second half observed them overwhelm as everything clicked into rigging with Messi ready to direct procedures. Arturo Vidal made astute keeps running into space the Argentine emptied so he basically fitted into the midfield, while Luis Suarez likewise kept the safeguard involved. Having an additional inside back guaranteed the barrier wasn’t as segregated when they could get behind the midfield, so they were more earnestly to separate and this gave the midfield opportunity to get once more into the guarded shape.
Thomas Vermaelen is the best alternative for Lucas Digne as he can be a backup to Jordi Alba to play for Everton. Alba may continue to be indisputable as far as Ernesto Valverde is concerned. However, he is a player who needs to rest a bit to avoid massive muscle injuries. Despite his health conditions, it is still worth choosing Vermaelen. Digne has exited from the club and now Marc Cucurella and Juan Miranda are the successors and have to manage without the Frenchman. Well, this is the decision taken by the sports management team.
The American tour came into use to Valverde as he could approve the 18 year old Miranda. But, he certainly has more expectations for someone with prior experience if at all Alba wants to rest or if he is injured. Vermaelen is the only hope who can participate here, although the Belgian may find it a bit hard to play centrally especially post the entry of Clement Lenglet. Therefore, Vermaelen and the club can
benefit when there is a choice to replace Alba. The Belgian had minutes against Boca Juniors during the Gamper Trophy event. The former Arsenal captain is an ideal match for this position.
Barcelona are set to axe Yerry Mina this summer whilst former Arsenal man Thomas Vermaelen would remain. The coach Ernesto Valverde sought for the Belgium international to remain against earlier planned clearing out.
With Clement Lenglet arriving from Sevilla, the management wanted to trim the number of players in defence. However, Valverde pushed for the man to remain, according to reports. Continue reading
Thomas Vermaelen the defender says Belgium will be disappointed deeply if they fail to win the World Cup. He said this during his first direct acknowledgement of the belief of the team in their ability to come out triumphant in Russia.
Though, the other players have the mantra to keep up steady for taking the tournament and taking one game at a time. Vermaelen is now 32-year-old and he has made his vista clear and was firmly focused on the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Barcelona are set to hand Thomas Vermaelen an opportunity against Malaga when they face them in the La Liga this weekend. Centre back Gerard Pique picked up a knock in the Catalan derby but he continued to play the games. The Spaniard is often seen clutching his knee in games but he claims he is fit.
The official statement from the team doctor is that Pique is fine but Coach Ernesto Valverde admitted that it was risky for the player to continue. He agreed that the player could have been sidelined for two or three weeks to get full fitness. He is now expected to sit out the league game this week and could be wrapped with wool for the crucial return leg fixture against Chelsea in the Champions League. Continue reading
Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen featured for his club Barcelona after over 21 months out. The former Arsenal and Roma defender was called to action as an option against Valencia.
Vermaelen last played 90 minutes for the Catalan side on January 9, 2016 but last appeared for Barca against Getafe on March 12, 2016. The team was out of options so they called on the player. They were also forced to play him as they faced an unbeaten Valencia. Vermaelen adorned the colours of Barcelona after 624 days on the sidelines.