Barcelona have their fair share of fringe players that can't make in-roads into the first team, that much is clear. Marc Bartra is another in a very long line.
The names of Jean Marie Dongou, Gerard Deulofeu, Adama Traore, Pol Calvet, Giovanni Dos Santos, Jeffren Suarez et al should be enough of a warning to the youngster that if your face doesn't fit at Barca, or there just isn't room, then you have to seek riches elsewhere.
Except Bartra seems to be immune. At 25-years-of-age, the player has sat patiently on the sidelines for years now, hoping to finally get his big break, a la Sergi Roberto.
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He needs a run of games to build up the confidence necessary to stake a decent claim for a permanent inclusion into the first team and in particular the starting XI.
That Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Gerardo Martino and Luis Enrique have all frequently overlooked the player should tell him something.
Enrique's directive over the last two windows that Bartra will not be sold under any circumstances would be challenged by any player with ambition.
The Blaugrana comfort blanket that Bartra seems intent to envelope himself in is harming his career.
Make the leap
A career that could hit the heights if only he were to make the leap and move elsewhere.
A recent changing of his agent to Barca legend Carles Puyol promised much. To the keen observer it was a signal of intent, a changing of the guard.
An agent who has been there and done it as a player, unlike many in his field, and understands the particular nuance of Bartra's case.
A picture of Puyol at Tottenham Hotspur's training ground mid-transfer window hinted at a possible move to north London but once again a window of opportunity has passed for the player.
It can only mean one thing. Bartra has no personal ambition. How else do you explain his reticence to even leave for a half-season on loan?
There would be plenty of takers, particularly in the Premier League, that would be willing to allow him to showcase his enviable defensive skillset.
Instead he prefers to sit idly by, behind the likes of an injury-prone Thomas Vermaelen and an out-of-form Jeremy Mathieu.
Enrique's promises that Bartra will get games has been shown to be nothing but an empty promise.
If Bartra doesn't move soon, he will be consigned to a life of bench warming at Camp Nou.
What a waste.
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