FC Barcelona secured one of the cornerstones of their defensive future this summer with the signing of Jordi Alba. The 23-year-old Catalan returned home from Valencia on June 28 after both clubs reached a transfer fee agreement of €14 million.
Now with Alba in the Barça back line, the defense will certainly improve as well as the offense as Alba love to come up and attack.
Even though I do believe Jordi Alba will be fantastic with FC Barcelona, Alba will have to learn to work with and adjust to his teammates' game. Let's not forget that even though Jordi has a Barcelona-style game, the burden is a bit more on Jordi to adjust to his teammates' style of play.
Remember, Cesc Fabregas—who was going to a "natural fit" with the Barcelona system—started off solid in his first few games at Barcelona last season, but then struggled many times in the offense later in the season.
Don't be shocked if Alba makes a few defensive mistakes early in the season or if it takes a while for him to get in sync with his back line teammates.
Jordi is still the new guy.
Tito Vilanova made signing Jordi Alba his top priority this summer. Now with Alba ready to go, there are a few things Tito can do to get the best out of Jordi for the short and long term.
Alba can also do a few things that will help his play with his new teammates.
Let's take a look at three things both Barcelona and Jordi Alba can do this season to get the best out of each other.