The speculations about Samuel Umtiti joining Barcelona have finally ended and Barcelona has confirmed signing Samuel for the next five years as part of the contract for €25 million. Samuel Umtiti plays as a defender and has a decent fan following.
Barcelona struggled last season, particularly with their defense and they recognize Samuel Umtiti is a good option to fill up the spaces as he can play in both left back and a center half with a lot of expertise. Samuel will surely add a lot of strength to the new team and make it more efficient.
One of the main problems of Barcelona had been the injuries of Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu which led them to miss a lot of matches during 2015/16 season which surely affected the performance of the team. Barcelona had a poor run recently and did not manage to impress its fans during Euro 2016. It looks very much more likely that they will not continue with Vermaelen this time.
In this aspect, Samuel Umtiti has a very impressive track record. He has managed to stay fit for most of the part of his career and as a result, he as missed just three games since he played his first match in 2011. Samuel seems to be a very good pick for Barcelona that will surely strengthen Barcelona’s backline and will also make an ideal match with Gerard Pique for a long term.
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Samuel has a lot of specialties, the reason why Barcelona has picked him. He is excellent at tackling the ball and can generate a lot of paces when required. He is particularly good in the air which should suit the Barcelona’s style of playing. He will be mainly operating from the center back, but he is a versatile left-footed player who can adapt and change his game very quickly according to the situation.
He impressed one and all with his potential in the European Championships, but would need to step up with his decision making to reach the top of his game. Barcelona must consider itself very lucky to have acquired a great talent like him for just €25 million.