Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic was signed in the summer of 2020. The player cost a hefty price tag of 60 million euros. In exchange, Brazilian young talent Arthur Melo was sold to Juventus for a large fee too. This sudden decision confused the fans but as Pjanic is an experienced and quality midfielder, big things were expected off of him. However, he was signed by the club before the arrival of Dutch coach Ronald Koeman.
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It looks like the Bosnian is not a part of Koeman’s plans. Ever since he arrived at the Nou Camp, the 30-year-old has just made a total of five starts. When a player is signed for 60 million euros and of the caliber of an experienced player like Pjanic, one expects regular starts. Unfortunately for the Bosnian, as of now, it looks like the midfielder will not be making it into the Dutchman’s squad anytime soon.
The midfielder has stated that he does not know the reason, why he is not being selected as a more regular member of the team. The Bosnian has also mentioned that he respects the decision taken by the manager.
He went on by stating that he will continue to fight for his place at Barcelona and that he is here to make an impact. The midfielder clearly wants to make a contribution to the current season but it looks like he is just not in the manager’s plans.
The way it is going, if Miralem Pjanic was to be a transfer target after the arrival of Koeman at the Nou Camp, it does not seem like a transfer that would have gone through. Instead, with that huge amount of money, the former Everton coach could have landed his preferred targets such as Lyon’s Memphis Depay and Manchester City‘s Eric Garcia.
The maturity shown by the former Juventus midfielder is extremely strong and solid here. While he does have a problem with not being given enough game time, he is also respecting the decision taken by the coach and keeping patience like his fellow midfielder, Riqui Puig.
Should Koeman be playing Pjanic more often?