Sergio Busquets: A Great Mystery of the Modern Game

Adi-Oula SebastianCorrespondent IIMarch 23, 2010

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 02:  Sergio Busquets (L) of FC Barcelona reacts to Marcos Senna of Villarreal during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou Stadium on January 2, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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A la Masia youth product, a member of the record-breaking FC Barcelona squad, a Spanish international...and we are not talking about Puyol, Xavi, or Iniesta.

Meet Sergi Busquets

Ever since debuting under Pep Guardiola in 2008, he is very much a regular in a side that has some of the finest players around, yet you get the feeling he doesn't belong there.

More often than not he gets bullied around in the midfield, forcing the likes of Xavi and Iniesta to track back and help him out, thus limiting their influence.

He is quite literally a lightweight.

At 1.89m he only weighs 73 kg, in comparison Maxwell is 1.77m and weighs 81 kg. The Blaugrana already have a lightweight midfield, the defensive midfielder should at least provide some balance and protection. 

All too often Busquets is losing simple balls or getting pushed away by opposing players. One might get the feeling he shies away from physical contact. 


FC Barcelona and Spain

It's still a mystery why Busquets is preferred by Guardiola. Each and every time Yaya Toure starts a match, it's Toure who gets substituted. With Toure in the side, Barcelona looks more balanced and Xavi and Iniesta get the full license to thrill. Then they can do what they do best—terrorize opposing defenses.

The same applies for Spain. Why is Busquets being preferred over Marcos Senna? 


The Admirers

At one point or another Guardiola, Johan Cruyff, and Vincent Del Bosque have spoken out in favor of the young Catalan. It's hard to argue with the expertise of these trophy laden managers but still—what are these guys seeing in Busquets? Is it something only a Champions League winning manager can see???


Conspiracy Theory

The only reason for Guardiola to pick Busquets ahead of Toure is to ensure that he (Busquets) will have a place in the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. Other than that there can be no sporting reason for his preferential treatment.

Maybe he is technically superior to Yaya Toure, which I am certainly not convinced of, but in every other area Toure is dominating him. In the absence of Xavi, Toure has slotted in nicely—he is no Xavi by any stretch of the imagination—but he provides both defensive and attacking options. 

At 21, Busquets is one for the future and shouldn't be a starter, which he is at the moment. He also needs to bulk up and visit the gym more often because if he was in any other side than Barcelona he wouldn't last very long.

I'm a die hard Blaugrana supporter but I don't see what is so special about Busquets. He doesn't do anything extraordinary well.

At the very least he is doing nothing that warrants a place in either FC Barcelona or Spain's starting 11. He isn't tackling as tough as Mascherano, he isn't as physical or versatile as Yaya Toure, nor is he all over the pitch chasing and harassing players like Lass. In short, Sergi Busquets just isn't your modern defensive midfielder, let alone anchor man.

While Mascherano, Toure, and Lass can walk on to any team, Busquets would find it hard to earn a regular place on any Premier League team since the nature of the English game is very physical.

Can someone please explain to be why Sergi Busquets is getting preferred over Yaya Toure ???