#2 Acknowledging the weak points from last season
One place which Koeman has not shied away from is the constant criticism a coach at his level must face. His tactics were criticized, his player selection was questioned, and his flaws were pointed out. However, instead of getting defensive, Koeman decided to work on Barcelona’s weak areas.
The Dutch manager had been pleading with the Board of directors that he needed a striker to play as a number nine, however, due to a bad financial situation, the Catalans were not able to provide their manager with the players that he needed. This transfer window, however, the club is rectifying their mistake, and the first player they brought in was Sergi Aguero from City. The 33-year-old striker is still one of Europe’s most lethal finishers, and he will surely have great chemistry with fellow Argentine, Messi.
They also brought in Depay to be another number nine, who can also play as a winger. Depay was Koeman’s first choice and the Catalans have finally given the manager the player that he wanted. The Blaugrana also improved their defense by bringing in young star, Eric Garcia. The former La Masia graduate left City in order to get more playing time, and we can’t wait to see what he has to offer to the team.
They also brought back Emerson Royal from Real Betis, and the player is meant to be a second choice to Sergino Dest, and give the American some competition for the spot. Barcelona have really figured out their weak spots from last season, and they have tried to rectify most of them. Some of them cannot be rectified so easily and will require more time, however, it is good to see that they are finally making a positive change, and not just buying expensive players in hopes of fixing their flaws.