Very successful during his first appearances under the tunic of Barça, Adama Traoré has gradually lost importance in the eyes of Xavi.
Fanfare beginnings. Arrived in Barcelona in the form of a loan during the winter transfer window, the Spanish winger had seduced all of Catalonia quickly. Successful first meetings, with four assists in these first five appearances in particular, which quickly made Blaugrana fans and observers believe that he was going to play a leading role in this second part of the season. It must be said that the product of La Masia brought a lot of percussion in the last meters and hurt the opposing defenders, which the Catalans were sorely lacking in the first part of the season, and which Xavi demanded.
A duel won by Dembélé
Only, as the calendar went by, it lost importance in the rotation. His last tenure in the league dates back to February 27, when everyone already saw him indisputably on the right flank of the attack, largely preferring him to Ousmane Dembélé. He has certainly started meetings in the Europa League, like the double confrontation against Galatasaray, put in the La Liga meetings where Barça tries to obtain his ticket for the next Champions League, he is only a man destined to enter the last quarter of an hour. He has played only 32 minutes in the last three Catalan outings in La Liga.
Inevitably, one can ask questions about this sudden disappearance of the plans of Xavi Hernandez. First of all, competition, of course. On the left side, the place is taken by Ferran Torres, indisputable. If the Spaniard had sometimes moved in the axis of the attack, which could have freed up a place on the left, this is no longer the case and Xavi no longer moves him from his flank. On the right side, it is Ousmane Dembélé who wins this mano a mano with the winger who belongs to Wolves. Some are wondering about a possible conflict of interest, since the Frenchman is in the middle of negotiations for a new contract, and inevitably, in this context, it is preferable that he plays regularly. However, from a purely sporting point of view, Dembouz also responded present, which legitimizes the decision to start him in almost all matches.
Finally not recruited
It should also be noted that when Adama Traoré arrived, Dembélé was in full conflict with the club after a turbulent winter, and the doors of the starting XI were therefore open for the Spaniard. It must also be said that during his first steps as a new Barça player, the team turned rather well, in a fairly vertical register which suited his athletic qualities perfectly. Something to flourish quite quickly, but once Barça’s opponents have found the technique to counter this Barça, a player like Adama, without spaces, is perhaps less useful. And besides, when he plays, he is not fundamentally bad, like his entry into play against Rayo Vallecano last weekend, or this match against Frankfurt at the beginning of the month.
The question of its future will also arise, logically. Quickly, in full hype, the Catalan press revealed that Barça wanted to keep him permanently, via a barter with Trincao, currently on loan to Wolves. Now, the local media are clearly temporizing and explaining that the Barcelona staff no longer necessarily has a priority to keep him, especially since the situation could well change with Ousmane Dembélé, and that other positions also need to be reinforced. Suffice to say that Adama Traoré’s second stage in Barcelona risks ending sooner than initially planned…