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Barcelona happy with deadline-day signing despite initial doubts about his character

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Barcelona manager Xavi has jokingly been called the king of broken players on multiple occasions. After all, his record in bringing back outcasts from other clubs into the prime of their careers is impeccable.

The manager successfully turned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into a lethal striker during his short stint at the club after Arsenal claimed he was unfixable.

He also found a way to coax out good performances from players like Adama Traore and Luuk de Jong, found Frenkie de Jong’s best position on the field, and made an almost-retired Dani Alves look like an elite player.

Joao Cancelo – the latest on the list

Now, the likes of Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix appear close to being included on the aforementioned list.

Both players have enjoyed a phenomenal start to life at Barcelona, with the former playing a crucial role in the team’s 3-2 comeback win over Celta Vigo.

As revealed by Mundo Deportivo, there were serious doubts at Barcelona about Cancelo’s attitude when he signed for the club.

After all, it was the reason behind his fallout with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City while he also had a few problems with Julian Nagelsmann during their brief encounter at Bayern Munich earlier this year.

Four games into his spell at Barcelona, the Portuguese star has dispelled any such doubts over his character and attitude, while he has also displayed great commitment towards the team.

Cancelo was one of the pioneers of the Blaugranas’ comeback win over Celta at the weekend and is very committed to Xavi’s plans.

Cancelo winning hearts at Barcelona. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The Portuguese international has spoken openly about the possibility of staying in Catalonia beyond his loan stint as well. Moreover, he has made his love for the club clear through social media.

Everyone at the club is happy with Cancelo and there are no doubts about his personality, character, and attitude.

Unstoppable down the right

Cancelo has brought colour back to Barcelona’s right flank which looked lifeless since Dani Alves’ departure years ago.

In just three La Liga appearances for the club, he has already scored two goals and provided one assist. Further, he averages over 13 defensive actions and wins five balls every ninety minutes.

Heading forward into the season, one can expect more fireworks down the right wing, especially with talents like Lamine Yamal, Raphinha, and Ferran Torres adding to the flank.

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