Yerry Mina scored his second goal of the World Cup today as Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0, and the young defender’s market value has in all likelihood been lifted significantly.
Barcelona reportedly paid Palmerias €11.8m for the Colombian, but he played a very inconsistent and overall, underwhelming first season at Barça.
To be fair to him, he was trying to adapt not just due to moving from South America to Europe, but joining a team with a unique style he was not used to. And he joined midway through the season, so he did not have preseason time to adjust.
The World Cup can raise players’ market value by a lot, and sometimes, that means it’s the best time to sell. Mina’s price may never be higher than it is right now.
On the other hand, Barcelona bought him so recently, they must have meant for him to be a player for the future. Why sell him now, when he’s showing his quality?
Of course, scoring goals from corners is not all that Barcelona want from a defender. Will Mina ever be the right fit, or is he better suited to a team that relies more on set pieces?