Scored from a messi assist, voted MOTM in Almeria,and possibly, celtic matches, generating more media buzz that pique's twitter account, yet he has only played about 250 minutes this season. Neutrals who watch barca just to see messi might be forgiven for thinking barca just signed a new CB. Out of the blue, a plethora of questions have arisen-do we still need a new CB? what will happen when mascherano returns? should he take pique's place? and my favourite, has he signed a new contract?
But rather than trying to speculate on the future, i will like to ask a more retrospective question. Who do we thank for this unexpected(and IMO, unintentional) gift to our defensive woes?
I immediately hear a lot of cules shouting a resounding no! While I am no Rosell hater, on this issue I totally agree. Attempts were made to sign a CB during the summer, all of which failed. no matter the spin put on it, I just can't believe that they were so sure of batra's talent that's why they didn't go for any other player after losing out on Silva&Luis
In his interview yesterday, he thanked Tata for having confidence in him and saying he will not sign a new CB. Back then when the statement was made most of us thought tata was singing to Rosell's tune but maybe, just maybe he saw the potential in bartra during the training sessions(yes, potential cos he still has room for improvement).
Did he intentionally injure mascherano in order to force tata to play bartra? indeed tata brought bartra on as a substitute for pique in the Ajax match but even after his performance, few would have expected him to start ahead of pique or a fit mascherano in the almeria match. Shouldn't we thank Busi for rescuing him from the bench?
and finally, Batra himself
I remember him saying "barca doesn't need a new CB" and i thought to myself 'wow, that's a bold statement coming from a young unproved player' but it seems he fully understands the meaning of carpe diem. Making the most of his opportunity, he has already managed to convince quite a number of cules about his earlier statement. Is this the result of patience, persistence and diligence in training sessions?
hopefully, the excellent form of Marc Bartra is here to stay but is it due to Rosell's foresight, Tata's technical insight and ability, Busquet's timely intervention, Bartra's perseverance or is it just a fortunate turn of events?