Sergio Busquets is a player who escapes the limelight for both club and country in terms of his footballing ability (his theatrical prowess is well documented).

Most football fans that talk about Busquets tend to justify his position at one of the best clubs in the world by saying he is 'solid' or 'he fills the hole between defence and attack' or 'he's brilliant at simple passes'. Now I don't doubt the mans ability to do all of these things but how valuable are they? 

The answer to that question is that of course they are valuable. Barcelona unquestionably need a player like Busquets to be the anchor of the team. However, what I do begin to question is whether this is in any way a unique talent.

It's hard to think of many defensive-minded midfielders of any mid to high level that aren't described as 'solid' and I can't think of any professional footballers anywhere near the level of Barcelona that wouldn't be considered as 'brilliant at short passes'. This is why I take exception to anyone who calls Busquets 'irreplaceable'. 

Here is a list of players who aren't considered anything special that I think could deliver as much as Busquets does in a team as outstanding as Barcelona: Jon Obi Mikel, Scott Parker, Steve Sidwell, Wilson Palacios etc. You can get a rough idea of the sort of players I'm talking about. 

Now I'm sure a lot of people are thinking 'what on earth is this guy thinking?' but I am almost certain that if you swapped any one of those players with Busquets that people would rave equally about how they were 'irreplaceable'.

In short I think that Sergio Busquets is far from irreplaceable. There are many players who can be just as effective in his role, especially with the kind of players he has surrounding him. I highly doubt that if Busquets had started his career at a smaller club that he would ever have been considered much above being a decent but unremarkable player. Let alone have played numerous times for his country.

Barcelona, after their embarrassing defeat to Bayern Munich and subsequent replacement as the best football club in the world, could probably do with bringing in a player with the qualities that Busquets holds but with a little extra flair and technical ability. Think Jack Wilshere or someone of that ilk.

To get back to the top Barcelona need to invest in defensive-minded players who offer more than the basic requirement of being solid and an ability to play a short pass. They need better players than Busquets. They need players who genuinely are 'irreplaceable'.


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