This is a list of the players that Barca has acquired over the past seven seasons. I've left out players promoted from Barca B, as well as La Masia players that were shipped out and then brought back in.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Luuk de Jong
Frenkie de jong
Kevin Prince Boateng
How many of these transfers do you think have been successful during their time at Barca? Are you impressed with Barca's success rate over this period? Most of these players have left. Do you think Barca has shipped players out too early? Or have they held on to them too long?
The prior season (2014/15), Barca brought in Suarez, Rakitic, Ter Stegen, Bravo, Jeremy Matthieu, Vermaellen and our legendary right back, Douglas. I'd argue that that was our last transfer season that brought in more successes than flops.
It seems to me that there are very few clear successes in Barca's transfer dealings over the past six years. I'm just hoping that Pedri (and maybe Frenkie) can make up for the slew of failures.
Here's my list of successful, potentially successful, almost successful and unsuccessful transfers:
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (21/22), Pedri Gonzales (20/21), Frenkie de Jong (19/20), Samuel Umtiti (16/17), Jasper Cillessen (16/17)
Note: Cillessen was successful as reserve keeper until he left for Valencia. Umtiti was successful through 2020, and then fell off a cliff as a result of injury. Aubameyang has been successful over the past six months since his signing.
Ferran Torres (21/22), Eric Garcia (21/22)
Note: both players are young. Both played imperfectly, but showed a lot to be enthusiastic about.
Dani Alves (21/22), Memphis Depay (21/22), Luuk de Jong (21/22), Sergino Dest (20/21), Neto (19/20), Anton Griezmann (19/20), Clement Lenglet (18/19), Arturo Vidal (18/19), Ousmane Dembele (17/18), Paulinho (17/18), Paco Alcacer (16/17), Lucas Digne (16/17), Aleix Vidal (15/16)
Adama Traore (21/22), Luuk de Jong (21/22), Sergio Aguero (21/22), Emmerson (21/22), Yusuf Demir (21/22), Francisco Trincao (20/21), Miralem Pjanic (20/21), Martin Braithwaite (19/20), Mussa Wague (19/20), Matheus Fernandes (19/20), Malcom (18/19), Arthur (18/19), Jeison Murillo (18/19), Kevin Prince Boateng (18/19), Phillipe Coutinho (17/18), Nelson Semedo (17/18), Yerry Mina (17/18), Andre Gomes (16/17), Arda Turan (15/16)
From my point of view, half of our transfers over this period have been explicitly unsuccessful. Around 1/3 of our transfers have been "almost successful". So only around 1/6 of our transfers have been successful, (or are likely to prove to be successful in the future). Do you think this kind of pattern of successes and failures is typical amongst top clubs? Or has Barca been particularly bad (or particularly good) over the past six years?
Personally, I find it disturbing just how many transfers are made for players who obviously don't meet Barcas's quality requirements. And on the occasion that recruits do meet our quality requirements, they are often past their prime (e.g. Alves, Mathieu, Vermaelen, Vidal, and even Aubameyang). Pedri, Frenkie and Umtiti stand out as relatively young transfers that quickly showed real quality. But they represent less than 10% of all transfer activity over the past seven years