FC Barcelona Transfers: 6 Midfielders Who Could Cover for Iniesta and Xavi
Iniesta recently had a tear in his left hamstring during one of Barca's matches against Real Madrid during the Copa del Rey. Xavi recently suffered an injury in his right leg, which has prevented him from participating in Barca matches.
Without these midfielders, FC Barcelona encounters a difficult situation, including inconsistencies in play on both defense and offense. What current midfielders could be used to substitute for Xavi and Iniesta this season?
What about midfielders that could substitute for Xavi and Iniesta during the summer transfer window? The majority of the midfielders with potential for Barca are young (between 18 and 21) and come from Brazil.
Check out the slide show, and discuss who could substitute for Xavi and Iniesta.
Ganso is currently a midfielder for Santos FC and caught the attention of European clubs.
Would Ribeiro allow Ganso to leave for Barca in the summer?
2. Oscar Dos Santos Emboaba Junior
Oscar Dos Santos Emboaba Junior is an emerging midfielder in Brazilian world football. He would be able to fill the shoes of Seydou Keita, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, who are injured or in the last years of the careers.
Oscar defies explanation, but the video is a tribute to his achievements in Brazil. It is a reflection of what is in store for La Blaugrana should they sign Oscar.
Leandrinho is another emerging midfielder from Santos FC in Brazil, having made an impact in Brazilian world football.
The attempt to find information on Leandrinho was almost impossible, but the YouTube video shows Leandrinho in action and what could be a sign of the future for Barca.
4. Felipe Anderson
Felipe Anderson is another midfielder in his late teens playing for Santos FC. According to Soccerway.com, Anderson accomplished a lot in his fewer years with the Brazilian club.
In 2011, Anderson was the winner in the Copa Libertadores and the runner-up at the FIFA Club World Cup. He scored three goals within 38 appearances and has clocked 1,901 minutes played.
Anderson could be a viable candidate for the midfielder position at FC Barcelona.
5. Pedro Castro
The future for FC Barcelona transfers in midfield is a saga waiting to be written. The midfielders mentioned in this slide show are at the beginning of their careers.
La Blaugrana has a lot to choose from, as any of these midfielders can continue where Andres Iniesta and Xavi left off. The midfielders have the potential to grow in their profession if they ever join La Blaugrana or other European clubs.
Only time will tell about these future greats.