Barcelona opinion: Why Barca shouldn’t sell Lenglet
According to a report from The Sun, PSG have demanded Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet as a part of Neymar deal. The Brazilian has been tipped to make a return to Nou Camp after skipping the Parisians’ training sessions earlier this week (h/t The Guardian).
Now, the Ligue 1 giants, who have also grown weary over Neymar’s stance, want the French defender as a makeweight in the deal, which could see Neymar go the other side.
Lenglet’s meteoric rise at Barca
Without a shadow of a doubt, Lenglet quickly became a fan favourite in his first ever season at Nou Camp, keeping aside the fact that he has been a revelation for the Blaugrana.
Being the surprise package of Ernesto Valverde, the former Sevilla man pulled off some breathtaking displays, which saw his compatriot Samuel Umtiti go down the pecking order.
Lenglet played 23 games last term, maintaining a pass success percentage of 89 with an average of 3 clearances and 2 tackles per game – an appealing stat for a player in his debut season at such a big club.
Besides his regular defensive contributions, the 24-year-old played a big role in initiating the attacking along with Gerard Pique. As a result of all the hard work he put in, he got his precious maiden call-up from the France national team.
Barcelona are making a mistake if they are to sell Lenglet
The defence of Barca looked unhinged throughout the season and also made Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s job much easier – courtesy of Pique and Lenglet.
And selling the French star, who looks to be in a form of his life, would be considered nothing but a terrible move by Barca.
During Lenglet’s absence in the season, Umtiti failed to make use of the given opportunities owing to the rustiness which resulted from the recurring injury woes.
And this simply signifies the importance of Lenglet and he must be the leader in Valverde’s back-line once Gerard Pique hangs up his boot.
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The Catalans recently snapped up another Frenchman in Antoine Griezmann. The La Liga kings would be making a big mistake by offloading valuable players like Lenglet, who if held on to would go on and become a talismanic figure at the club.