What We Learned from Barcelona's 2014 Summer Transfer Window
With the summer transfer window having now passed, it is time for reflection. For Barcelona, it is the last time the club will be able to make any signings until 2016, so fans are hoping that the club got it right.
Plenty of new faces made their way to Camp Nou this summer, but several others left the club as well. The current squad is just as much a part of the future as they are the present.
In this article, we will take a look at a few things we learned from Barcelona’s summer transfer window and what they mean for the club going forward.
As always, feel free to get involved in the discussion in the comment section and tell us what you learned about the Blaugrana this summer.
The Club Finally Understood the Need to Address the Defense
It has been clear for a while now that Barcelona’s defense has needed work. The club’s refusal to address the back line cost the Catalans over the last few seasons, and they couldn’t afford to go this summer without signing players to help at the back.
The club appeared to have finally realized that they had to find solutions for the back line and responded by bringing in the likes of Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen.
Whether you are a fan of the new center-backs, fans have to be happy that the club at least brought in reinforcements. We will have to wait to see how Mathieu and Vermaelen turn out as Barcelona players, but the club now has experienced talent to help the defense after so many years of disappointment.
Messi Apparently Needed More Help
Following the signing of Neymar last summer, it seems as though Barcelona thought Lionel Messi needed even more help in attack. The Catalan giants moved quickly to sign Liverpool star Luis Suarez after the World Cup and he is expected to play a major role going forward.
The club made it their priority to address the defense first this summer by signing new keepers and defenders, but they also made sure a star forward joined their ranks as well. With Suarez now in the squad, Barcelona boast what is arguably the most deadly attacking trident in football. He may be banned for the time being, but the Uruguayan is going to be a hit at Camp Nou.
It is hard to guess if Barcelona thought bringing in a new forward was a priority when the summer transfer window first opened. But as the weeks passed by, the club could not reject the chance of adding one of the best players in the game.
Barcelona Did Not Take the Transfer Ban Seriously
Barcelona’s transfer ban is one of the biggest stories in football. For a club the size of Barcelona to not be able to sign new players until 2016 is an awful thing, but the Blaugrana had to end this summer with everything they needed going forward.
While it is true that several great players made the switch to Camp Nou this summer, the club did not take the transfer ban as seriously as they should have.
Of all of the new faces at Barcelona, only a few are expected to be major factors in the years to come. Fans expected the club to sign players who could make an impact now and be starters down the road, but not enough of those types of stars were brought in.
On the surface, Barcelona had a very good summer. But taking the transfer ban into account, the Catalans needed to do a bit more to ensure their safety during this ban.
There Still a Focus on Youth
Barcelona is a club noted for its youth development and focus on academy strength. While the transfer ban may be a terrible thing looking ahead, the Catalans will have young stars ready to take their chances in the first team.
Before the transfer window closed, Barcelona sent the likes of Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suarez on loan. While on loan, they will have the chance to develop even further and return to Barcelona in a way that will make the transfer ban easier to stomach.
In addition, the Blaugrana also signed Alen Halilovic, who is already knocking on the door of the first team.
The new season has kicked off with young Barcelona stars making their mark on the first team. Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramirez both scored on their first-team debuts and are playing major roles despite their young ages.
Nan or no ban, Barcelona’s focus is still on developing youth and utilizing La Masia to the fullest. Fans can rest assured that the club's talented starlets will have their chance at glory at Camp Nou and that the future is bright—no matter what restrictions face the Catalan giants.
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