After a series of multiple abject performances during this season- Messi wants the Barcelona star out of the team.
Lionel Messi wants Lucas Digne out of Barcelona and has his eye on a replacement. The Argentine is concerned that the Frenchmen won’t able to make his mark at the Camp Nou and thinks that Barcelona needs to cut their losses. Barcelona talisman is reportedly frustrated with Frenchmen’s floundering form. Digne started against Alaves on Sunday but was replaced while Barcelona were 1-0 down but thanks to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez who scored to ensure that Barça bags three points.
According to Spanish publications Diario Gol, Messi is now fed up and wants Digne gone. The Frenchmen has struggled since joining Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. Jordi Alba is firmly the first choice at left-back and has impressed since Neymar departed for Paris Saint-Germain due to more space being left in front of him. Digne is far from contributing what Alba contributes to attack.
Messi is also said to have concerns regarding his new teammate Nelson Semedo who has struggled a bit since joining Barça last summer. Ernesto Valverde made a tactical double substitution on Sunday as Barcelona trailed Alaves by replacing fullbacks on both the side. Sergio Roberto came on for Semedo and Alba came on for Lucas Digne.
Semedo has been cut some slack as he’s not there since a long time and was also playing with Philippe Coutinho for the first time in the team, but Digne’s Barca days are quite limited now.
So Who’ll Replace Lucas Digne?
After all this, it is reported that Barcelona has begun to look for reinforcements in the market. It is said that Messi wants Real Sociedad starlet Alvaro Odriozola who has also attracted interests from Real Madrid.
Even Valencia’s Jose Gaya and Toni Lato are on Barça’s radar to replace him although the deal is expected to strike in summer.
Lucas Digne has surely failed to live up to the expectations of the club and it’s high time that he should consider a move out of Camp Nou. Alvaro Odriozola’s signing will surely benefit the club. Odriozola is one of the biggest surprises in Spanish football this season.
Just 13 games into top flight football and he has already had a major impact on the team.