In what felt like an eternity, Arda Turan finally made his Barcelona debut this week. And he made it count. After Barcelona were officially able to register Turan and Aleix Vidal, they were eligible to play and made it to the match day squad. If their early performances were anything to go by, then we are in for a treat from the duo.
Turan was quoted as saying in 2011 that he wanted to play for Barca one day. And his dream to play alongside his idol,Andres Iniesta, has come true. So let us have a look at what can he bring to an already strong Barca team in the long run.
Turan is naturally an attacking midfielder but his versatility allows him to operate on either side of the central midfield and even the forward positions. His running and hustling of opponents makes him a constant threat for the opposition. His work rate is really commendable and puts in great defensive contribution every time he steps onto the pitch.
With great passing accuracy, he fits into the Barca mould perfectly. Playing perfect one-twos with teammates, he has time and again been able to breach the sturdiest of defences. With Barca drawing blanks recently against weaker teams, his inclusion will provide a much-needed firepower.
Turan is also a very good dribbler. Coupled with his ability to hold on to the ball, his presence in the middle will be very much welcome. Rafinha, who has started doing light exercises recently, is expected to be back by the end of February. Imagine a midfield consisting of Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic, Turan, Roberto and Rafinha. That will surely will send shivers down the spine of the opposition, right?
If Luis Enrique were to select his strongest line up or provide rotation to one of his key players, he would then be able to employ one of the following formations: