Didn’t see this coming!
Barcelona director of football Txiki Begiristain has said that the Blaugrana might not make any further signings this summer, but 27-year-old Liverpool winger Albert Riera is now a target, according to Sport.
Barca coach Pep Guardiola has said that he wants to make further additions to his squad, but it appears that Begiristain will make the final call.
Guardiola said last week, “We like to work with a small squad so everyone can participate, but this year, with so many games, we need [another] player. We haven’t even covered [Aliaksandr] Hleb and [Martin] Caceres, so we are missing players.” (Goal.com)
Now this I didn’t see coming and not sure what to make of it either. Barcelona do have a relatively small squad, just 22 players, for a club competing on several fronts and could probably do with a couple of new faces, but would one of those faces be Albert Riera?
I have mixed feelings about the Spaniard. On his day he can be effective but on many occasions his final ball into the box is poor and he doesn’t easily beat his man, in many ways he is a winger who falls between two stools. He is not an explosive customer like say an Aaron Lennon and he is also not the world’s greatest crosser but he does have the ability to do both when performing to the best of his abilities.
If we were to allow the Spaniard to leave it wouldn’t be the end of the world and in many ways I would much prefer Yossi Benayoun to be played out on the left, he proved at White Hart Lane in just a 20 minute spell, that things happen when he is around.