This summer has been a busy one for FC Barcelona. The Catalan giants have already signed three players and the club is rumored to be looking to add at least one more player. Denis Suarez was Barça's first signing of the summer, using the buyback option to bring the youngster back to the Camp Nou.
This week, Barcelona welcomed two new defenders in French internationals Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne.
Personally, I don't know much about Lucas Digne or Samuel Umtiti's skills, strengths, weaknesses and so on. I decided it's best to talk to someone who is more familiar with Umtiti and Digne to give us more of an analysis of the players. For this, I reached out to my good friend Jonathan Johnson. He's a French football journalist who writes for multiple media outlets, including ESPN FC, beIN Sports USA and Yahoo! Sport UK. Jonathan has been covering Ligue I, Paris Saint-Germain and the French national team for years. I was honored Jonathan could take time from his busy schedule to answer questions about Umtiti and Digne.
Let's talk about Barça's new "French Connection."
Digne is a very balanced left back, think Maxwell balanced. While most modern full backs are either good going forward or defensively but not both, the Frenchman combines the two in equal measure. Although Digne did not get to show it too much while at PSG, he is a good crosser of the ball and can also hit the target from distance. The 22-year-old bagged a couple of lovely goals with Roma and progressed nicely during his season in Italy. It would have been interesting seeing Digne going head-to-head with Layvin Kurzawa for PSG's starting left back role this coming season.