Barcelona’s record in the transfer market has been particularly poor recently, but it’s not just the big money moves that aren’t paying off.
Although they will rightfully take a lot of stick for signings like Griezmann, Coutinho and Dembele, they’ve also wasted a lot of money on young talents who get nowhere near the team.
Matheus Fernandes may be the latest example after the talented midfielder made the move to Spain earlier this year, but it’s confirmed that he isn’t part of the squad to face Real Betis this weekend:
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 6, 2020
It’s an interesting one because he appears to be popular with the fans, but the midfield is one of the stronger areas of this squad so it’s hard to see him getting into the team ahead of most of those players.
Despite that, plenty of fans are desperate to see him in action, and they are now starting to question the decision to sign him if he’s never going to play:
What was the point of signing Matheus Fernandes ?¿
— ? (@Barzaboy) November 6, 2020
?pique, busquest?,braithwaite?, griezmann?, lenglet?, roberto?
where is my goat matheus fernandes? ??
— Gulasczek (@Gulasczek) November 6, 2020
This matheus Fernandes doesn’t have a future here
— FRANK (@nept_une2000) November 6, 2020
• Ronald Araujo, Coutinho and Umtiti are out due to injury.
• Matheus Fernandes is out due to a technical decision.
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 6, 2020
Have not seen matheus fernandes play before…I guess he should be him a shot..
— Treyton??? (@IamCyril6) November 6, 2020
Then no debut for Matheus Fernandes this season
— Vaishnav Reddy (@Vaishnavreddy_7) November 6, 2020
? [OPINION] Matheus Fernandes’s case is VERY serious. Seven million for a player who has not been or presented and who does not enter a call. In a club like Barça this CANNOT happen. [@albert_roge] pic.twitter.com/9ArPF8tWCC
— Blaugrana Planet (@BlaugranaPlnt) November 6, 2020
If the rumours about this being a tactical decision are true then it does make you wonder why he was brought in, but the deal was also done before Ronald Koeman took over so he might just not fancy him as a player.