With Denis Suarez returning to Barcelona it’s time for Barcelona to cut their losses and sell Arda Turan to the highest bidder. The Turkish man cost Barcelona a cool €40m last summer. Although he was only able to feature in the team from January onward, he failed to convince that he is suitable for the Barcelona system.
Yes, Barcelona have already stated they intend to retain Turan for next season but such a move makes little sense. The argument for keeping Turan is that he’s an experienced player who is comfortable in an attacking midfield position or out wide. On song, he’s an useful player for Barcelona as a game changer and also for rotational purposes. However, has he shown enough in his half-season of game time to warrant trust in his abilities?
With Messi-Suarez-Neymar up front, Turan will have little opportunity to play in the front three and when it comes to the midfield three he has shown a lack of ability to meet the demands placed upon a Barcelona midfielder. The tenacity he displayed at Atletico Madrid would have convinced Luis Enrique that Turan could adapt to a high press system in theory… but in application? His failure to adapt should come as no surprise seeing as he confirmed a desire to leave Atleti due to the high physical and defensive demands Diego Simeone placed on him. It appears he expected to come to Barcelona and pass all day. If he had taken time to watch Ivan Rakitic he would not have been ignorant to the fact he would have to cover a lot of ground just the same.
With a potential summer of change and Denis’s return specifically, one can only guess that he should fall further down the pecking order so why keep him? At 29 years old, there’s little time for Turan to adapt and grow into the Barcelona system. Barcelona’s best bet would be to collect any money they can for him now, instead of risk keeping him for another season of failure which would subsequently only result in his value further decreasing.
It may seem hasty to write off Turan adapting to Barcelona after less than 20 games in the league but with all the variables in play why should we expect an upturn in his fortunes? There is no shame in his failure to perform optimally at Barcelona. If we are honest with ourselves, when he made the move we all had doubts about how sensible it was for him. Barcelona’s system is an intricate and complicated one that other big names have struggled in just the same. Turan should do what is best for his career and seek a move to a club that suits his skillset and will allow him the stage to perform.