After 3 seasons in Catalonia, Nélson Semedo leaves Barcelona to face a new challenge in Wolverhampton. 124 games in which the Portuguese spent his first two seasons with many obstacles, and although in their third year he had a considerable improvement, it was already the right moment to leave the Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona and Wolverhampton have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Nélson Semedo. The English club will pay 30 million euros plus 10 more in variables. Saying a final goodbye to the Portuguese who arrived in 2017 at the Camp Nou with the difficult task of replacing the legend Dani Alves.
Even though his time at FC Barcelona is clearly over, Semedo has had some notable performances at the club, featuring in a total of 124 games.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) September 23, 2020
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Since his arrival in Catalonia, the talent and quality of Semedo could be seen. Fast, ability to push towards the attack, physically good to win duels, great dribbler, a good defender, and a lot of quality. Over the years he exponentially improved all those attributes that he already had and was forging himself as a right-back on the verge of being one of the best in the world … but not for Barça.
All the positions that are needed in a club like Barcelona are complicated for the adaptation of new players, but there are few in which the level of demands and attributes has to be almost perfect; among those positions is that of full-backs. It is not enough to have characteristics as valuable as Semedo’s, because at Barça it is much more than that.
A full-back of the Catalan team has to deliver brilliant passes, know how to play in tight spaces, make long possessions through the pass, but most importantly, know how to position himself and move on the pitch. Semedo, like his other attributes, was able to improve the latter ones, especially in the last season. Nélson positioned himself better without leaving much space behind, he passed better, and his tactical behavior improved little by little. However, it was too late for this to happen and he still lacked a lot of work for what Barça needs.
It was no surprise that in the first two periods of Semedo at Barcelona he was overshadowed by a midfielder like Sergi Roberto who had already indicated that he was going to act in his natural position. Roberto is not half as talented and privileged as Semedo is in all the characteristics that an athlete possesses … but for the simple fact of positioning himself well and knowing how to pass it was always a less risky option for the right-back spot at Catalonia.
In addition, with the club’s economic crisis and with the terrible negotiations of the veterans who are leaving practically for free, Barcelona urgently needed money to be able to reinforce areas where it is needed. Despite the fact that weeks ago president Josep María Bartomeu placed Semedo on the untouchable list, the money was still needed and the product with the best value in the market for its age and quality was Nélson Semedo. Moreover, his little adaptation to the demands of the club made him an easy player to get rid of.
On the other hand, a destination like Wolves will make Semedo feel at home, and not precisely because the English team is full of Portugueses players, but because of the game system in the Premier League. Nélson is the perfect synonym for a superstar in his position in the English league. Physical and fast. His characteristics make him a world-class right-back for whatever team he plays for, especially in the Premier League, except for Barcelona.
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With Nuno as a coach, Semedo will be able to exploit all the potential that his own style has in a club that plays with that style and in a league that has that essence of physical players. It is a matter of weeks that we see Nélson Semedo shine like never before in the English league and that all the media will be talking about him. As much as for Barcelona that needed that income, and for Semedo who needed to get out of that bubble that prevents him from growing in his own way, this exit is a benefit wherever you see it.
124 games, 2 goals, and 6 assists are the numbers that Semedo had in Barcelona. Unfortunately, he was never able to fully adapt to the team, as he is an impressive player that is rarely seen, but after three years of opportunities, it was time to say goodbye, despite that last effort in the previous year.
At just 26 years old, Semedo is young enough to be a quality player and for the future at Wolves. I have no doubt that he will do great there. Thank you Nélson Semedo for your effort and professionalism in Barcelona and good luck in your new stage.
Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla
Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.
And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.
This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.
The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.
That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.
Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.
With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.
Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.