The same story in all the radio stations, televisions and, speciall sport newspapers: transfers, transfers and more transfers.
- It is true that Barça has ended the season without a major title and that the arrival of Luis Enrique invites us to think about a busy summer with arrivals and departures that will cause a jolt in Barça's squad. True, journalism has to follow the movements of Barça in the market. So far so good. It has always happened and it feels it will be our daily routine in each period between seasons.
- For some years, I've been detecting too much nervousness and anxiety when Barça fans claim for signings. We ask for new faces and renewed hopes without taking into account two factors: the economic effort and the risk of these operations. The media send an anguished message asking for a center-back or a striker. It seems that anything is valid to get a spectacular presentation and a front page with the name of the new crack.
- A few remember that if we do an assessment of Barça's signings (not to mention Real Madrid) in the XXI century, we can observe that only 25% of contracts are a complete success. 30% are correct operations but have not provided a remarkable performance and most of the signings (45%) disappointed with a performance below to what expected. A new player can have a high quality or a great reputation, but his adaptation to Barça's style is always unknown.
- Although any signing guarantee success, fans are still asking each season exciting reinforcements. An excitement that grows in fans in the same proportion as the investment is higher and the origin or the player's name is more exotic. All this is not accompanied by a calm reflection on the real needs of the team (we understand that it is done by any sport director or coach in the history of the club).
- What surprises me most is that few people get excited about the rise of youth players. Players who have been trained since their childhood to the culture of Barça's style, those who cry when they lose a game, are ignored by Barça that, with few exceptions, don't known what pearls we have in La Masia. A foreigner in a sport front page is more thrilling than a Catalan boy who has been in the club for 10 or 12 years defending Barça's jersey in all the categories.
- Rafinha, Deulofeu and Masip, trained in La Masia like any other player, have suffered the pressure of dressing Barça's jersey and having to win every game. They don't need to adapt nor justify a millionaire investment. Their only sin is that they don't thrill. They only thrill those who go to Miniestadi or Barça's training center. I would be fantastic that this excitement expanded in all the Barça supporters.
It's normal that signing good players excite the supporters, but if they are from home and have a high level, we should be even more excited. Getting thrilled with La Masia would be worth.