There is no other Gavi. He knows this very well. Chaffee, who was taken this summer by the devils when the environment speculated about the possible replacement of the Andalusian in the eleven of the season, even more so when he was left on the bench on the first day of La Liga. But this was literally a toothache, which had to be sharp by meeting Gavi. Then, as always since his debut under Koeman, he was an untouchable member at the eleventh start of Barcelona.
Now, the Barcelona coach faces the rest of the season without him only when he had more than ever in his head the idea of returning to the fourth midfielder with the return of he knows and De Jong. Whether he chooses this idea or not, he will have to find an alternative to the Andalusian. Admitting that this is impossible for football-related reasons (Gavi is one of the most influential players according to the data dealt with by coaches), he will try to minimize the damage.
While waiting for possible reinforcements (the names appearing in the media began to multiply: Lo Celso, Thiago, Parejo, Guido Rodriguez, Fabian, Carlos Soler …), Xavi plays with three types of possible replacements. Pure first-team midfielders. Oryol Romeo, a typical midfielder, will allow Pedri, who will be undisputed in the eleven after Gavi’s injury, to move forward. Oldikuna and De Jong will be in what Xavi likes to call the “base” of the play. Pedri and ‘Gundo’ will be in the lead. However, none of the four has the profile of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. Fermin It is the most similar option with the Andalusian option. Without having his pack, and with a somewhat more offensive profile, from direct play and getting into the box, he lacks the quality of positioning and his ability to win duels and play with two touches. In contrast, he can give dynamism and is a footballer who works well defensively in pressing. Sergey Roberto is another option that can give experience and, at least, minutes of rest to beginners.
The intermediate option is Ravenha. The Brazilian is not a pure midfielder, but a decisive player. He could get lost in the middle, but Xavi has managed to try him out in the right-hand midfield position this season. I changed the game against Celta and it was a nightmare with Ramos’ breakaway runs against Sevilla. Maybe Barcelona without Gavi need the pepper point that the Brazilian has.
Under the pyramid, the quarry. Marc Casado (14-9-2003) and Alex Garrido (22-2-2004) They have already made their debut with the first team. Casado, who has played twice in the Champions League with the first team, has a more defensive profile. Garrido, Gavi’s youth team-mate, made his first-team debut last season at Elche. Injured, he has already been called up to the first team on some occasions this season. Unai Hernandez (14-12-2004) wore the first-team shirt in a friendly in Tokyo against Vissel Kobe at the end of last season. He plays very well in Marquez’s reserve team, with whom he has scored three goals and three assists.
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