Barça has one of the best squads in the world, but it could be argued that Pep Guardiola is still missing a play-making defender to play alongside Piqué and to eventually replace Puyol on the back-line.
Pep Guardiola is considering both Mascherano and Abidal as defenders in the roster for 2011/12, and Andreu Fontás has been promoted from Barcelona B. So if my math is not wrong, that makes five central defenders for two positions.
However, the only "true" play-making back Barça has right now is called Gerard Piqué, and while Fontás is promising and Marc Bartrá is waiting in the wings for an opportunity, adding another technically proficient centre-back wouldn't be half bad.
In this slideshow, we will simply name five options that could fit the bill as good centre-backs for the Blaugrana, with no regard whatsoever to whether or not Pep, Rossell and company actually have them in their sights as potential signings (even though they probably should).
Author's note: This will be my final slideshow (unless someone can point out another potential improvement) in my series of the Role Players Who'd Improve Barça Tactically.
If you want to take a look at the other three slide-shows in this series, here they are: 5 Dribbling Wingers Who'd Improve Barça Tactically, 5 Post Forwards Who'd Improve Barça Tactically and 5 Attacking Left-Backs Who'd Improve Barça.
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