The five Barcelona stars whose underperformance highlight the club’s struggles

There are five players at Barcelona whose underperformance in recent times mirrors the club’s alarming form, according to analysis from Marca.

The first player outlined is Philippe Coutinho, for whom there had been hopes that his season at Bayern Munich had made him a better player and in a rich vein of form but he has once again failed to replicate that level of performance at the Camp Nou.

Next up is Frenkie de Jong, who the report claims has made just three ‘great’ performances for the Blaugrana since joining from Ajax in 2019 despite appearing to be readymade for the team and with the club’s ‘DNA’ engrained following his upraising at Ajax.

Central defender Clement Lenglet is another player whose underperformance has been highlighted and it is said that his level of performance has suffered a sharp decline this calendar year after an impressive and consistent opening to his time at the club.

Two summer arrivals are also said to have not elevated their performance above mediocre so far – Miralem Pjanic and Francisco Trincao have not added anything positive to performances so far.

Image via Marca

Tags Clement Lenglet Francisco Trincao Frenkie de Jong Miralem Pjanic Philippe Coutinho


  1. Shyan Sahdev says:

    This list is utterly disrespectful. The Situation is completely different, at least from what you describe it as. Frenkie has fit in to this squad well and has played as a makeshift centre back for a sizeable portion of the season. Coutinho was injured in between, before which he did impress with his performances. Trincao has only been weak at finishing, besides which, he has been good – far from bad at the very least. Pjanic just joined Barcelona and is simply adjusting adapting and improving as we speak. Please keep your uninformed views to yourself, at least don’t share them with others. Lenglet – being the main centre back due to Pique’s injury – initially enjoyed a total of 3 clean sheets before the recent match, the only match where he did indeed have a below-par performance.
    Barcelona are a team in transition and simply dividing players into such lists is incredibly pathetic.
    That’s all.

  2. Laddle says:

    You are a fake journalist. Have u been paid to talk trash about those players?? Look at Sergio, Pique, Roberto,Alba can u compare their performance to the players you mentioned. Stop being biase you are part of Barca’s problem. Instead of saying the truth you are here stating the wrong facts.

  3. Edward Phiri says:

    Barca losing at home is taboo. Losing even to small teams new comers in the league is just too much. The Coach Koeman is clueless, he is failing the team he has failed . He should leave.

  4. Sunny says:

    I think what the team need is to be a little aggressive sometimes,and for Messi his mind is not in Barcelona anymore he’s there just to present himself not to play,and I think the mistake the Barcelona president did is not letting him go,and if am the coach I won’t let pique ,busquet in my team they are so sluggish player ,de jong need to improve I have not not seen any good football from him since he joined Barcelona

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