Xavi looking to use Eric Garcia as a defensive midfielder for Barcelona

Barcelona has options available in all but one of the positions it needs to fill during the summer transfer window

As a potential backup for Robert Lewandowski, Juan Foyth or Victor Roque are options. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also a possibility. Additionally, Inigo Martinez has already signed, and Ilkay Gundogan is very close to doing the same. Nevertheless, Barcelona has yet to identify a long-term fix for their defensive midfield issues. Although Martin Zubimendi is Xavi’s preferred replacement for Sergio Busquets, a transfer is highly improbable due to his €60 million release clause.

According to a report by Albert Roge, Xavi has allegedly tested Eric Garcia as a pivot in training in an effort to find solutions. His achievements in that capacity have convinced the coaching staff, and fans may soon catch a glimpse of him in La Liga.

The main problem with this experiment is that Barcelona lacks a midfielder to replace Busquets, but it might also give Eric some much-needed playing time. When the season began, the Spaniard was paired in central defence with Ronald Araujo as Xavi’s first choice starter. But as the year went on, Andreas Christensen rose to fame and is now a starter.

Eric’s situation is made worse by the fact that Marcos Alonso is currently ahead of him in the central defence pecking order, mainly due to his left-footedness. Gerard Romero claims that Inigo Martinez has also been signed, which will likely cause Eric a tonne of problems.

Xavi will have some leeway in the upcoming games given that Barcelona leads La Liga by a 12-point margin at the top of the standings. Eric might not be in the starting lineup, but he could certainly be added if the Catalans start to take the lead in games with a comfortable margin of victory.

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