Samuel Umtiti’s final chance at resurrecting his Barcelona career

Samuel Umtiti of FC Barcelona. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
Samuel Umtiti of FC Barcelona. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images) /

French centre-back Samuel Umtiti final chance with Barcelona.

Long term injury sufferer, Samuel Umtiti, is back in training. However, if the defender wants a real shot at reviving his Barcelona career, he will need to stay dedicated and focused and he will need to up his game.

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Though the defender has been unlucky with injuries, many believe that getting injured on a regular basis it’s a matter of self-responsibility as well. Umtiti needs to make sure he remains fit on his own and dedicate his time into being more physically strong, if he wants to get back to playing regular top-flight football.

The Catalan giants have been having defensive problems throughout the current season. They are having to make do with academy players like Oscar Mingueza whereas senior defenders like Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti who have actual experience are out with major injuries.

But with Umtiti back, the World Cup winner can help resolve the defensive problems that the club are facing for quite a while. This way, the club will not rely on bringing in defenders in the January transfer window despite facing financial problems as they will have trouble finding these transfers. Hence, if Umtiti manages to make a fluid return and have a successful impact, then Ronald Koeman might refrain from selling him for cheap.

Despite the constant injuries and lackluster performances, Koeman is reportedly in full support of the Frenchman. The former Netherland boss had nothing but appreciation for the French international after he put in an impressive 90 minutes against Granada.

The player is lucky to have the trust of the gaffer, as Koeman has been extremely harsh in discarding players and only considering those who would fit his plans for the team. Hence, Umtiti should make the most of this rare opportunity given to him at Barca and showcase his worth with full dedication.

His former club, Olympique Lyonnais, are keen on loaning him away from the Nou Camp, and this will only lead to the eventual end to his Barca career. The World Cup winner has been outshone by his countryman, Clement Lenglet, and if he fails to deliver during this crucial phase when the club needs a reliable centre-back, then nothing can help Umtiti return to his former glory.

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