When the winter window was opened, from the sports area of the Barça they proposed to complete a squad that was suffering from the accumulated number of minutes, also because they understood that if they wanted to fight for the triplet, they needed alternatives to the position, as demonstrated by the European blunder of the previous course against Roma. So, after the board refused to put money because the club is not for joys, the finger dropped a lot in the list of futuribles and ended up achieving the cessions of attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng (Sassuolo) and the central Jeison Murillo (Valencia).
On December 31, in addition, the addition of defender Jean-Clair Todibo (Toulouse), which cost one million, was closed on the horn. That afternoon, from the technical secretariat could be heard: "The coaching staff has the tools you need. You can not complain. " But Valverde knows that these tools are little more than dressing, players that at the very least will play a small bunch of matches like the one played on Wednesday, the Supercopa de Catalunya against Girona. This Saturday, before the Thunderbolt (18.30, beIN LaLiga), for example, Todibo and Boateng stay at home – "he has to work to turn it around. If it were not him, it would be another, "explained Valverde, and Murillo enters the call because Lenglet is sanctioned.
"The sports area did not want Murphy's Law to happen to us. If something bad can happen, it will happen. So Boateng and Murillo came to the back of the closet, to be used in case of emergency because in the subsidiary there were no players to convince. Therefore, they proposed to prevent rather than cure, "they say from the offices of the sports city. "Valverde he only put two conditions: that they knew LaLiga and that they could give immediate performance in case he needed them ", they point out from Camp Nou. And, from the club, they add: "We wanted players who did not weigh the shirt." But only in case of emergency and so they told both before signing them, convinced by the opportunity to share clothes with Messi, to be able to lift titles and also for a generous salary. "The role is more than clear", expand from Barca.
"That they meet"
Boateng, 32, lacking pace and heavy as it was seen in the Supercopa de Catalunya, will give relief to Luis Suárez when he needs it and Murillo, who does not fit with the definition of the central defender, will hardly play another game because Umtiti is already recovered and It has four power stations ahead. "The important thing," they highlight from the club, "is that when they play, they comply. Something that has been given so far because, although they were not the best, neither were the worst. And you can not judge them for anything other than the few minutes they are in the field. "
Todibo It was a different case because he was going to arrive for free in the summer, but from the Barça they understood that the punishment of separating him from Toulouse was excessive. "First they did not want to listen, but the sports area negotiated with force because it was an unfair situation with a soccer player that would be ours. An agreement was reached and that benefits Todibo and also Barça in the future, "they reveal from the Camp Nou.
Against Girona, Todibo acted more midfielder than central and showed that he has class, body and feet to play, still green tactically. It is also known that Valverde likes what he sees. But, like Boateng and Murillo, in this course he still has one or more blocks ahead.