Chances of being at Barcelona next season: 80 percent
The front-runner to replace Victor Valdes is none other than German starlet Marc-Andre ter Stegen. His name is on the lips of many Barcelona fans now, but it is important to not get too anxious about the 20 year old.
When Marca first reported that the German had signed a pre-contract with Barcelona back in February, fans were ecstatic. However, since then there has been very little word on if the report was actually true.
But with his name finally being linked again with a move to Barcelona it is looking increasingly likely that he will join the Catalans, according to ESPN.
The move is far from being official, but Ter Stegen remains the front-runner to replace Valdes.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is an incredible shot-blocker and is very comfortable with the ball at his feet. His leadership skills are quite high despite his young age and he is not done improving yet.
However, Barcelona must be very careful with the German.
This season was far from impressive for Ter Stegen. It may have had something to do with playing behind a very weak defense, but it should also be mentioned that the 21-year-old does not have much big-game experience under his belt.
Barcelona will likely purchase Marc-Andre ter Stegen this summer, but he should not be their only addition to man the goal.
The club will absolutely need to bring in a reliable veteran such as Pepe Reina to help Ter Stegen adjust to Barcelona and grow as a keeper. Heaping the pressure on Ter Stegen’s young shoulders would not turn out well for the player or the club.
Ter Stegen could be one of the best keepers in the world in the coming years. But he is not yet ready to take the responsibility at a club like Barcelona just yet. Tito Vilanova cannot put all his hopes on the 21-year-old no matter how promising he may be.
Expect Barcelona to bring in both Pepe Reina and Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Reina would likely feature as the starting keeper but the German would quickly take over.
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