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.
Thomas Vermaelen seems to be on his way to Italy as a loan deal with Internazionale is reportedly not too far away from getting finalised.
Vermaelen has been deprived of playing opportunities at Barcelona in the recent past and that is worrying him because he doesn’t want to go off the selection radar as far as the Belgian national squad for the World Cup is concerned which can happen if he remains at Barcelona and keeps warming the bench.
Tony Pulis, the Manager of the West Brom side is looking to shore up his defences so as to help bolster off his options before the transfer season comes to an end.
Reports emanating from different quarters have it that the Baggies boss has his eyes set on two likely targets – Kevin Wimmer of Spurs and Thomas Vermaelen from the Barcelonan ranks. Continue reading
Thomas Vermaelen is currently a performer for Barcelona but the Belgian defender is not playing any significant role for the Spanish outfit and rumors are continuously emerging claiming that a transfer to a Premier League club is a realistic and possible outcome.
Ever since Vermaelen joined Barcelona on August of 2014, he has never truly managed to make an impact in Camp Nou as he is either injured or simply left on the sidelines as a substitute player with very limited time on the actual pitch.
One of the things that has seriously affected the playing career of Vermaelen is the fact that he has an ongoing injury problem which pops up in different times and distinct clubs.
In spite of these persistent injury problems that Vermaelen has suffered from throughout the majority of his playing career, there are still clubs rumored to be interested in signing him including: Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.
Both of those clubs previously mentioned are competing in the top tier English Premier League and making a return to the EPL is something that might benefit him as Thomas Vermaelen has experience after spending 5 seasons wearing the Arsenal jersey.
It will significantly help Thomas Vermaelen if he decides to make a move away from Barcelona as it’s very likely that he will continue being on the sidelines as an unused substitute player as the main pairing in the heart of Ernesto Valverde’s defence for the new season is expected to be Gerard Pique along with Umtiti.
The Belgian defender was not featured in either of Barcelona’s recent Super Cup matches against Real Madrid. He was not seen at the sidelines or in the starting XI, it’s expected that he will continue this non-influential role for the rest of his time in Camp Nou which could change if Vermaelen decides to leave the Spanish club.
Thomas Vermaelen has been having nightmares about his next career move and this is not about to stop soon.
His fitness record is a major blot on his marketability despite his intelligence, capabilities and experience as a defender.
Since his move to Barcelona from the Emirates Stadium, the Belgium international has not had it easy. His time at the Nou Camp has been blighted by injuries. Even when he went on loan to Roma, it was not a pleasant experience as well.
Barcelona are trying to cut their losses so they invited offers for the player. For an experienced one that has featured for Ajax, Arsenal, Barcelona and Roma, you would wonder why many sides are not coming forth. The struggling centre back is at best linked to clubs that would eventually fail to reach out.
There were reports that Crystal Palace were interested in the player. Coach Frank de Boer was named an interested manager in the Ajax talent but nothing has come forth until now. Italian side Torino were also linked with the player as they wanted to boost their defensive ranks. Even Southampton were linked but nothing concrete has happened. Continue reading
Premier League side West Ham United are desperate for top defenders ahead of the new season.
They failed to reach expected levels after an impressive run the previous term. SlavenBilic is under pressure to get his acts right this season.
Bilic has been linked with many defenders as he wants to solidify the squad. He spent much on transfers but injuries and several factors limited the options. This time he seems he is considering those factors. He was linked with former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 31. He chased the player last season while he was on loan at Roma but after another underwhelming season, it seems West Ham are looking elsewhere.
Roma refused to buy the Belgian defender on a permanent basis when the loan deal with Barcelona lapsed. His employers would be looking to offload him this summer but the Hammers want more reliable players. Continue reading
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has stated that former Arsenal defender and current Roma defender Thomas Vermaelen lacks playing time.
He was speaking after the match that saw his team face Greece in the World Cup qualifiers.
He said that the player seems to be physically and mentally well and that he is giving his best on the pitch. However, he admitted that the player clearly lacks playing time and this should get better once he gets his place back in the Roma team.
Roberto Martinez said that so far he has been happy with the professionalism displayed by Thomas Vermaelen and he believes that the player will get stronger as he continues to recover.
Thomas Vermaelen has suffered countless injuries since his move to Barcelona and has failed to recover his form that saw him being rated as one of the best defenders in Europe. He has since then moved to Roma where again his career has been plagued with injuries. Continue reading
When it comes to getting injured, Thomas Vermaelen is one of those players that always seem to sustain physical problems in every single season; it has been less than 30 days since the year 2017 has kicked off and the Belgium defender has already sustained more injuries.
Thomas Vermaelen is currently performing for the Italian side As.Roma on a loan deal from Barcelona but he has only been able to make 3 starts in the Italian League Serie A. Some of the reasons of why Vermaelen has not played such an important role or been able to make a consistent number of appearances for As.Roma is due to injuries but the main reason is that Vermaelen struggles to get into the first team of Luciano Spalletti as the Belgium defender has had to settle with playing a substitute role more than anything else.
Even before 2017 had kicked off, Thomas Vermaelen was already going through problems with his groin but now he recently picked up a calf injury which is expected to be keeping him on the sidelines for an even longer period of time. Continue reading
Roma boss Luciano Spalletti has registered his displeasure at the conduct of new loan signing, Thomas Vermaelen for picking up a red card during the 1-1 draw with FC Porto in the first leg of the 2016/2017 Champions League playoffs.
The 30-year-old Belgian international joined the Giallorossi from Spanish giants Barcelona on a full season loan. Unfortunately, Vermaelen spent more time on the treatment table than on the pitch throughout his stay at Camp Nou. He managed a meager return of 11 appearances between 2014 and 2016.
Despite having an advantage of an away goal, Spalletti felt the Italians could have gone home with all three points had Vermaelen applied more discretion.
“An experienced player like Vermaelen should not be getting two cards like he did especially when you look at the first one he got, but physically we saw that we are in good shape and the mistakes we made were only technical so I am satisfied.”
“Personally I’m very happy with the attitude of my team – we were in control of the game when it was 11 against 11. We’ve got to look on the bright side, which is substantial. We started with a good personality and I’m glad also to have seen the other side of my team, which showed resistance under pressure right to the end.”
“The only criticism I can have of my team is that they should have dealt with certain situations better. We needed a bit more maturity rather than trying quick breaks which just saw us lose our balance in the process,” he added.
Roma welcomes Porto to the Stadio Olimpico next week. The goal is to hold out a goaless draw or simply beat the Portuguese club. Achieving that will see them become the second Italian club to scale through the play offs. Only AC Milan have managed to cross that hurdle while Napoli and Udinese came short.