Arda Turan an unnecessary piece of the puzzle for Barcelona

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When Arda Turan first heard that Barcelona were interested in him, there's no doubting that his eyes will have lit up at the prospect.

It’s no mystery why the Turk has chosen the Nou Camp: The chance to consistently challenge for trophies; the chance to play with some of the world’s very best players; and the chance to play a fluid style of football.

The question was never why Turan wanted to join Barca, though – the question is why Barca want Turan?


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The Turkey international predominantly played left midfield at Atletico – a position that doesn’t exist in Barcelona’s 4-3-3 system. It’s difficult, therefore, to see where he will fit in - Neymar has excelled at left wing and Iniesta has effectively invented the inside left midfield position.

If Barca do see Turan as a replacement to Iniesta, at 28-years-old, he’s not exactly a long-term one. 

Turan is undoubtedly a world-class player, so in theory, it makes sense that he should join one of the biggest clubs. But football doesn't often work that simply.

Luis Enrique has already strayed from Barcelona's classic 4-3-3 system when they relied on pure individual brilliance to grind out victories. The decision to change to a 4-2-3-1 formation wasn't met by kindly by home fans, so if Turan's acquisition means that the 4-3-3 is over at Barcelona - justifiably or not - he won't be very popular among the supporters.

Luis Suarez is the same age as Turan and Barca stumped up somewhere in the region of £75 million for his services - a lot of money regardless of how talented the Uruguayan is.

That’s what the pressure of being at Barcelona does to you. The pressure on a club that size – where winning trophies is a demand not a preference – means that paying a lot of money for ageing players is a necessity.

Admittedly, it’s a far cry from the Barcelona under Guardiola where the majority of the team was from the youth team, but cycles like that one don’t come around too often. 

The new Barcelona era of signing big names for a big fee is epitomised by Turan, and for a club experiencing a transfer ban, they’ve been incredibly active in the market this summer.

That transfer ban will mean Turan has to enjoy his new surroundings from the stands until January, but if he gets a trophy at the end of the season he won’t be too bothered. The only doubt is just how much he will contribute to it.

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