Since the last few weeks, one Barca player has probably received as much media coverage as a certain Lionel Messi. And it’s not his best pal Luis Suarez we’re talking about. The player under the spotlight is the 23 year old Brazilian midfielder, Arthur Melo.
The sale of the talented midfielder in exchange for veteran midfielder Miralem Pjanic has sent shockwaves through cules all around the world. Furthermore, to add to the woes of Barca fans, Arthur has refused to return to the Camp Nou.
This news came in less than two weeks before Barca ’s vital clash against Napoli.
How does this move aid Barca going into the future?
While it is hard to deny that Arthur’s enforced exit was indeed unfair to him, his recent actions aren’t really justifiable. It must be noted that Arthur never really reached the heights Barca fans expected of him.
He was pretty inconsistent in terms of his performances, whilst also lacking the fitness to perform at the highest level. He rarely endured the entire duration of a game, something which is quite unacceptable for a 23 year old midfielder.
Additionally, his discipline is something which has been under scrutiny for a long time now. He missed a number of games out through injury(including the El Clasico), owing to off field activities like snowboarding and acquiring a STD. In addition to that, his recent act to boycott Barcelona’ season at such a crucial time does not help his reputation as a professional.
At the moment, this seems like a loss-loss situation for both parties, considering Barca’s low depth in midfield against Napoli.
But considering the future, the Catalan club might as well benefit from this deal. With talented midfielders like Puig, Pedri and Monchu coming up through the ranks, Barcelona’s future looks in much safer hands under it’s academy graduates, than under a temperamental and amateurish asset.
While Arthur’s exit from the club could prove to be detrimental for Barcelona imminently, his departure could become a boon instead of a bane later.