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The five most versatile players at Barcelona

The quality of being a versatile player is sometimes left unappreciated.

Take Liverpool’s James Milner, for that matter. The old-school England midfielder/defender has been so vital to Liverpool’s success under Jurgen Klopp, but his favoured position is still pretty much misunderstood.

Managers love that one particular quality mostly because players like Milner are a perfect contingency plan, as they can be utilized in case of an injury or absence of a first-team regular. Maybe this is why athletes with such qualities are also called ‘utility players’.

As for Barcelona, they have seen their fair share of players who have been used across multiple positions. The legendary Joan Cruff, for instance, was a mastermind number 10, but he also excelled as a striker and even a winger.

Javier Mascherano, on the other hand, played across all defensive positions and also had the ability to dictate the game from the middle. Furthermore, as we speak of the current roster, the Blaugrana do have a few such players, and here we look at each one of them.

Sergi Roberto

The old-school Sergi Roberto is a prime example of players with different skill sets. In fact, it is his quality of being versatile that has allowed him to be a cule for another season running.

In any way, it must be noted that during the 2015-16 football season, Roberto played in as many as seven different positions under former manager Luis Enrique.

“In a team like ours, except in goal, he could play in any position, it’s no surprise,” the current Spain coach once said of Roberto. 

“The most difficult thing is doing it well all over the field and Sergi Roberto does that,” he added.

Despite being 30 years old, Roberto can still occupy four different positions comfortably. This includes playing as a full-back (across both wings), occupying the defensive midfielder’s role, as well as being the box-to-box central midfielder.

Ferran Torres

“The young Valencian is versatile and a goalscorer, a player who can…

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Author : Ash Reyna

Publish date : 2022-09-10 13:39:34

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