Sergi Samper has been injured once again and his future as a Barcelona player looks bleaker by the day.
While much has been said about Samper and his ill fate when it comes to injuries and first team opportunities, a bigger question awaits Barcelona in the near future which is the future of Sergio Busquets.
The Catalan occupies a unique position in world football as one of the most intelligent defensive midfielders, also capable of making play. His short-passing and defensive positioning have made him critical to Barcelona’s style of play.
While Barcelona has a host of options in central midfield, they still lack a like-for-like replacement for the lanky midfielder.
Many had hoped that Samper would be his natural successor but even before his injuries, the youngster was deemed to be better utilised in central midfield as opposed to being a pivot. Another name on the list of potential replacements within the club is Oriol Busquets who has been one of the best prospects in the academy.
However, 19-year-old Oriol is far too young to replace Sergio Busquets adequately in the coming years.
Should Barcelona consider buying a potential replacement for Sergio now that Samper’s future looks in doubt? Probably.
Some of the best prospects in the pivot-role have already been snapped up, and the only viable option that currently seems available is the once highly-rated Julian Weigl.
The German is battling form and currently rides the bench for Borussia Dortmund, but his abilities have made him quite popular as an option for teams that play short-passes with a possession-based philosophy.
Even if Weigl is not the best option out there due to his form and other concerns, it will not hurt Barcelona to begin exploring options in the market.
Busquets is a generational player in his own way and it will be difficult to replace him directly but the club can try to find someone with a similar profile.
One injury to Busquets could derail Barcelona's campaign and that’s a risk the board shouldn’t be willing to take.