After months of hypothesis surrounding his future, Ilkay Gundogan has lastly confirmed that he’s leaving Manchester Metropolis after seven sensational years. Gundogan leaves behind a outstanding legacy on the Etihad Stadium as he has performed an enormous half within the membership’s success underneath Pep Guardiola. The German gained the Premier League 5 instances and the Champions League as soon as, all whereas scoring a collection of pivotal objectives for the Blues.
The 32-year-old has agreed a take care of Barcelona that may take him to the Camp Nou for the subsequent two seasons a minimum of, though if he maintains his present degree then his keep in Catalonia might fairly simply be prolonged. He’ll turn into the eighth German to put on the well-known pink and blue strip and he has mentioned that it was the one membership he would have left Manchester Metropolis for.
However simply the place will Gundogan match into the Barcelona workforce and who must make means for the German? Let’s check out the three most certainly situations.
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Gundogan as one of many two eights
Given he was one of Barcelona’s top transfer targets, essentially the most logical place for Ilkay Gundogan to play can be in his greatest place – which is as a quantity eight. Gundogan, in some ways, is the benchmark for this place – He’s equally adept at carrying the ball ahead as he’s taking part in a fast, ahead cross whereas his ball retention ranges are very good. He combines properly with different midfielders – see Rodri and De Bruyne at Manchester Metropolis for instance – and he has a watch for purpose.
At Barcelona, Xavi units up with one holding midfielder and two eights which is barely totally different to the system he’s used to at Manchester Metropolis however not worlds aside. With Busquets out the door, both Frenkie de Jong or Franck Kessie are anticipated to play because the deep-lying midfielder with Gundogan set to associate both Gavi or Pedri because the eights.
Gundogan on the base of the midfield
If Xavi is insistent on persevering with the partnership of Gavi and Pedri in midfield then the one place for Gundogan within the beginning lineup can be because the quantity six. Sergio Busquets, the person who has had this place locked down for Barcelona for over a decade, has left the membership this summer time that means this place could be very a lot accessible within the Barcelona beginning lineup.
Whereas Frenkie De Jong and Franck Kessie are maybe extra suited to this function, Gundogan has performed deep for Manchester Metropolis up to now when the likes of Rodri and Fernandinho have been unavailable and carried out properly. The extra you consider it, the extra it is smart.
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Gundogan as a ten in a change of formation
One other risk with the departure of Busquets is a change in formation at Barcelona. Though the membership is famed for enjoying 4-3-3, Xavi could really feel like a change is required if they’re to compete with the perfect within the Champions League subsequent season. In 22/23, Barcelona have been knocked out of the competitors within the group phases and appeared straightforward to play towards in the midst of the park.
A technique for Xavi to alter this may be to arrange with two holding midfielders and a quantity ten. The one midfielder on the membership who would be capable of play as a ten, and do job, is Gundogan. The German confirmed his goalscoring prowess on the again finish of final season with some large objectives, together with two volleys from outdoors the field within the FA Cup ultimate. May this work at Barcelona? Perhaps we’ll get to search out out.
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