Barcelona Transfers: Top 5 replacements for Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images) /
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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona fight for the ball against Pau Torres of Villareal CF. (Photo by Eric Alonso/MB Media/Getty Images) /

#2 Pau Torres of Villarreal CF

Villareal’s Pau Torres is yet another ideal replacement that Barcelona can look into. The player is a starter for Spain at just 24. Other clubs like Manchester United are heavily interested in the player and are looking to make a move on him. However, there have been many rumors that the player is also interested in joining Barcelona. He is also a left center-back, he’s left-footed and he would be an ideal fit for Barcelona.

Given that the player already has experience in La Liga, he would be extremely useful at the Nou Camp. He’s fantastic at defending and aerial battles. His best quality is that he is calm and collected as a center-back and his decision-making skills are very good. This kind of mentality from a player is extremely important when it comes to the knockout stages of a cup competition, whether it is domestic or European.

Pau Torres is very good at moving the ball around, top-notch at passing and build-up play. He’s very good when it comes to interceptions and breaking opposition build-up with constant pressing and focus. He led his team to victory against Manchester United in the Europa League finals this year, and was a critical part of the squad that landed Villareal’s first-ever trophy. That is a massive achievement for a Spanish side with less budget and a side that finished 7th in the league. To beat England’s runners up is a massive achievement for the team and the players.

The 24-year-old would be perfect for Barcelona and the style of football they play. He is not yet world-class but given his young age he has time on his side and he will also receive the world’s best coaching at Barcelona. He has the potential to become one of the very best and he would be an ideal replacement for Gerard Pique, a long-term replacement.