Lionel Messi has warned Barcelona’s latest signing Yerry Mina not to become complacent after being surprised by defender’s confidence.
Barcelona completed the signing of the new gem of Colombian football for just under €12 Million from Palmeiras last month. Mina was signed by Barcelona to fill the void left by Javier Mascherano, whose transfer to Hebei China Fortune went through around the same time and help strengthen the team’s defense ahead of the Champions League knockout rounds.
The Colombian arrived in Europe with a reputation as one of South America’s top emerging talents. Yerry Mina is seen as the perfect man on which Catalans can build their defensive foundations going forward. In yesterday’s game against Getafe, Barcelona played with Yerry Mina in center of their defense and it was not just his Barcelona debut, it was also his first appearance in European football. The Colombian looked impressive on his Camp Nou debut.
Mina seemed to want the ball at every opportunity and almost operated as an extra midfielder at times, though his early no-look pass was ill-advised. Mina was comfortable in bringing the ball out of defense, which is essential at Barcelona, and he also sent some good passes down the right flank for Sergi Roberto to pounce on. The Colombian looked really confident the ball.
Meanwhile, latest reports from Spain are suggesting that Messi has spoken to Mina to ensure that he does not get ahead of himself. According to Don Balon, Messi has commented on Mina’s incredible confidence when he’s on the ball.
After monitoring Yerry Mina’s game yesterday, Messi has suggested that the Colombian is even more comfortable in possession than Gerard Pique. However, Messi, having seen Yerry Mina almost get himself into a spot of bother against Getafe, has sent a message to his new teammate.
Yerry Mina stats yesterday are impressive!
78 Successful passes
94% Pass accuracy
— Barcelona Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) February 12, 2018
Don Balon has reported that Messi has sent a warning message to Yerry Mina that he should not get overconfident. Mina played alongside Lucas Digne in a makeshift center-back pairing against Getafe, as all the senior players in that position were unavailable for selection.
Speaking about Barcelona’s next station in La Liga. Barcelona will pay a visit to SD Eibar’s Ipurua Municipal Stadium on Saturday with hopes of continuing their unbeaten run in the league.
The Colombian was really good on his full-time debut. The player would surely feel the heat to perform, once he starts featuring more for the club. But this boy has all the potential to succeed at highest level.