The Daily Star are reporting that Tottenham are looking at Barca midfielder Sergi Roberto. The 21 year old joined the Catalan side when he was 14 and is in his 7th season at the club. On Barca’s website they describe him as the ‘Patient midfielder’ but that may be more a dig at former midfielder Thiago than speaking about Roberto’s character. When Thiago left, it was seen as his time. It is now ironic that the player may need to move on as he fails to find game time at the Camp Nou.
‘Thiago is leaving and we are betting on Sergi Roberto to step up’ said Barca’s Director of football Andoni Zubizarreta. There is a problem with that though. Roberto and Thiago are very different players. Thiago broke through at an earlier age but he couldn’t find sufficient playing time and so joined former Coach Pep Guardiola at Bayern. Thiago was a more attacking and skilful player. Roberto is not a bad player but he is not from the same mould as his former team-mate. He is a more box-to-box midfielder but on the creativity front, he needs to work more.
Roberto’s passing is on par with the level expected at Barca and he can read a game quite well. He is not afraid to tackle and likes to hound players around the pitch but he isn’t an attacking midfielder.
Physically he would be able to handle the Premier League. He likes to stay in the middle and organise and he is quite decent in finding his team-mates but attacking wise and especially in the area of goal scoring he has much to prove. He fails to get over 5 goals a season and whilst some have claimed he could be the next Xavi or Iniesta he is far from that. His directness have seen commentators compare him to Frank Lampard but it is too early to compare him to anyone. He has waited his time with Barca B and thought he would play some more this season but Tata Martino prefers to look at other options and so the player might need to move on to further his ambitions.
It is believed that Barca value him at €6m but that the player may be reluctant to move but by then he should have a clearer picture of how many games he can expect to play and so if he is left wanting, then maybe Tottenham can persuade him to move to England.