A great team that could win the competition
In recent years the Premier League has become the domestic competition with the greatest economic potential in the world. The departure of talented players to British lands has been constant in recent years, seduced by money and sporting proposals.
FC Barcelona has been one of the clubs that has nourished the English league and Pedro has been the last to arrive there. We wanted to line-up a XI made of former FC Barcelona players. The team does not look bad...
Víctor Valdés - Although he has not succeeded in Manchester United because of his injury and his problems with Van Gaal, the former Barcelona goalkeeper has been one of the best in his position in the last decade. Quick reflexes, excellent positioning and winning character. His performance in the 2006 Champions League Final in Paris placed him as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the club. Currently he has no number and is looking for another team.
Héctor Bellerín - Trained in Barcelona's Academy, he left to Arsenal aged 16 attracted by Arsène Wenger. Without making much noise, he has become the starting right-back, beating the starter in the French national team, Debuchy. He was one of the breakout footballers last season for his speed in the side, his skills with the ball and defensive concentration. He was one of the names that sounded to replace Dani Alves if he had left, but for the moment Bellerín will keep running in the wing of Emirates Stadium.
Alex Song - One of the worst signings in the history of FC Barcelona. He is set to come back to West Ham on loan like last season. The blaugrana team paid €19 million and he never succeed either as defensive midfield or center-back—in fact he came to Barcelona because he was able to play in both positions. Last season he went unnoticed in West Ham. How far is that promising Arsenal footballer who had to conquer the world.
Marc Muniesa - The Catalan defender will face his third season at Stoke City. Last season he was starter in the first 2 matches. Leaded by coach Mark Hughes he has understood that Premier League football is different from La Masia's and has made a step forward in the physical aspect. He keeps the elegant ball out that characterized him in the Blaugrana Academy and hopes to become one of the best center-backs in Premier League.
Cesc - Despite his Catalan origins, it's like Chelsea's midfielder was born in Merseyside. His DNA has mutated with brutal ease, incorporating all the features of the Premier style since he left Barcelona as a teenager. Vertical, intense, moody and with ease to reach the box. Cesc didn't succeed in FC Barcelona because his football is to be played on Sunday afternoon in an old full stadium with fans with smell of beer. One of the cracks of the English competition.
Yaya Touré - "Without Busquets, I would not have left FC Barcelona," has said the player from Ivory Coast on numerous occasions. One of the most powerful midfielders that has been at the Camp Nou had to pack his bags due to the lack of minutes and his move was perfect. Touré has become one of the best players in the world at Manchester City, where he could develop all his skills. His spectacular physical prowess and his goals from the second line have helped him to become an icon in England.
Arteta - Ability to associate, good treatment of the ball and skills of static plays. He never got to play for the Blaugrana first team, but he captured the essence of the club's style. His experience in such different clubs as PSG, Real Sociedad, Glasgow Rangers and Everton modeled a player with a lot of resources in the midfield, key to Wenger's Arsenal. In recent years he has lost the label of starter but when he plays, he knows how to impose his class.
Bojan - Stoke City is today's team of one of the best promises of Barcelona youth categories in recent years. After beating all goal records in the Academy and bursting into the first team only aged 17, Guardiola never really trusted him, so he ended up leaving. He has been in Roma, Milan and Ajax on loan until he was transferred to Stoke City. He had an outstanding start of the season playing just behind the striker but an injury cut his progression. He hopes to return soon to prove he has not forgotten that healthy tradition to drill the opponents' goals.
Deulofeu - Like Bojan, this Catalan winger was destined to be a future star in the Barcelona's first team, but this summer he has been transferred to Everton for six million euros. Under Luis Enrique, he only lasted a few weeks because the coach complained about his lack of defensive sacrifice. In Sevilla he had a marginal role. For this reason, the young technician speedy winger has returned to Robert Martínez's Everton, where he stood out two seasons ago on loan. Perhaps his football style is more appropriate for Premier League. Now he must demonstrate that he has matured and that he can win a place among the greatest ones.
Alexis - He left €42 million into the coffers of the club when he was transferred to Arsenal, where he has became the star. Although he scored 47 goals and gave 32 assists in 141 games at FC Barcelona, Camp Nou's crowd never connected with the Chilean footballer because, possibly, his technical level clashed next to a monster like Messi. In the Premier League he is one of the cracks thanks to his scoring records, intensity and winning personality. He always gives his soul and people in the land of tea like it.
Pedro - The last player to leave the club to try his luck in the British Isles has been Pedro. Mourinho's Chelsea got a player specialist in scoring in decisive moments. Quick, skillful when pressing and good technique. All coaches have recognized that he deserved to play more minutes in Barcelona and this was the reason of his farewell. We'll see how he adapts to a club and a coach with a different philosophy from Barcelona's.
In addition to these starters, there are more who have been in Barcelona looking to success in the Premier League. Another of the promising young players of La Masia who has not found place in the first team is Adama. After standing out in Barcelona B, he will try now to have a place in the professional football in Aston Villa. Afellay has signed this summer for Stoke City—or should we call them Barcelona City?—and Oriol Romeu has been sent on loan from Chelsea to Southampton. Other youth players have also moved to England, like Moha El Ouriachi, who will play for Stoke City U23.