Thursday, 14 July 2016

How will Barcelona line up with Lucas Digne?

How will Barcelona line up with Lucas Digne?
Hot on the heels of Denis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti comes the former Paris Saint-Germain defender, who will fight with Jordi Alba for a spot on the left side of defence
Barcelona are taking a low-key approach to the summer transfer market, but the pieces are falling into place. After Denis Suarez's return and the signing of Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne is the latest new face to be presented at Camp Nou.

The ex-Paris Saint-Germain defender has been confirmed as Luis Enrique's latest acquisition. He shares plenty in common with Umtiti: his age, 22, his preference for the left side and an assumed bright future in the game. Digne enters the Blaugrana squad with a tough task on his hands, as he seeks to unseat Jordi Alba out wide.

Digne spent last season at Roma on loan, where he netted three goals in 37 appearances. He will begin life at Barcelona as Alba's direct replacement if the club rotate their ranks, but his long-term goal will be to achieve what Adriano failed to and wrest the starting role from the ex-Valencia man.

Unlike Umtiti, who is a central defender by trade but also able to play on the left, the ex-PSG player is a specialist full-back. Imagining how Barca will line up when Alba is rested or unavailable, then, is rather straightforward.
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