Another very interesting post from one of our community members. Keep them coming, guys! - Renato
As we all know, Thiago Alcantara was supposed to be the next great midfielder out of the famed La Masia academy who would eventually replace Xavi in the starting line up. Unfortunately, during the 2011/12 season when Jordi Roura was interim coach during Tito Vilanova's cancer treatment, Thiago did not get enough playing time, which allowed his buy out clause to be reduced from €90 million to €18 million. The next summer, Bayern Munich and their new manager Pep Guardiola came calling, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Although Barcelona's midfield seemed stable as recently as this summer, the beginning of this season has made Culés question this assumption. In the absence of captain Andrés Iniesta, Barcelona have struggled to have midfield control, especially in the first half of the win at Sevilla, the draw at Real Sociedad, and the loss at Manchester City.
Without Iniesta, Busquets has struggled, while Rakitic has been off form, Turan and Rafinha (and arguably Denis) seem to be better suited for the wings, while Denis and Gomes are adjusting to Barcelona's style. In that context, a move for an established class midfielder such as Thiago begins to make sense, with the former Barça man a product of La Masia, who should require less bedding in time than other potential midfield options.
So, what do you think? Is Thiago a good option for our midfield, and if so, is it possible for us to acquire him from Bayern Munich?