Former Barcelona player Thomas Vermaelen has been there for quite some time and he has had a massive career in the sport of football with important stops at Arsenal, Barcelona, AFC Ajax, and AS Roma. But not even his experience could stop him from playing. The 34-year-old international footballer from Belgium laced up his boots for the very first time after 23rd February as the First Division J. League restarted finally after the interruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. It was the second major tournament to open again in Japan followed by Nippon Professional Baseball that started on 19th June.
Thomas Vermaelen along with Vissel Kobe and his former team-mate at Barcelona, Andres Iniesta captained the league and hosted one of the nine J1 matches in Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The league went down shortly because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus nationwide after just a few weeks of the tournament. Vermaelen who has participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics spoke about how it felt to be a foreign professional footballer coping up with the pandemic-struck nation. He said it is necessary to get a gap of some days, but all the things happening suddenly can affect the true spirit of the games and the sport. With so many days without competition, the competitive mindset can get hampered.
Former Arsenal and Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen says he would spend more time playing in
the J League before calling time on his career. Only a limited number of defenders in Europe have the
kind of CV the Belgian has. He started his career with Dutch giants Ajax, eventually being the skipper
before he switched to Arsenal in 2009.
Vermaelen made his mark at the Emirates, becoming the captain there as well after Robin van Persie left
in 2012. However, his legacy was almost tainted as injuries ravaged his last few seasons in the Premier
League. He scored 15 times in 150 games and played a vital role under Arsene Wenger. Eventually he
joined his long-term admirers Barcelona in 2014 for 19 million euros, seven million more than the Gunner
Real Madrid destroyed Zaragoza four nil at their home to move to the next stage of their league cup on Wednesday night. With their current standing in the league, this latest victory and the potential meeting of a weak and somewhat spineless Manchester City side, anything is possible for Los Blancos between now and the end of the season.
As Barcelona continue to slowly
wallow into decent in the opposite direction owing to a couple of bad decisions
they have made in the past like appointing Ernesto Valverde and signing Thomas
Vermaelen who ended up not making a dent, Real Madrid have continued their
resurrection from a terrible beginning earlier in the season to qualify for the
quarter finals of the Copa Del Rey.
Clement Lenglet is having the best time of his life in the heart of Barcelona’s defence thanks to Thomas Vermaelen’s inability to nail down a starting bet, Umtiti’s absence due to an injury and Javier Macherano’s departure from the Camp Nou.
After spending every season doing very well in the attack but horrible in the defence, Barca was always going to spend whatever it took – both time and money – to get what they want.
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.