The summer transfer window might be over but the Barcelona management is certainly not resting. So as they continue to look ahead, a certain Nico Williams seems to have caught the Blaugrana’s attention.
The talented 21-year-old winger is set to become a free agent at the end of the current season, which is a reason enough for Barcelona to bat an eye.
Interestingly enough, we have reported before that the team from Catalonia has already established contact with the player’s representative.
Adding to the report, SPORT has mentioned three main reasons why Barcelona are following the 21-year-old in the first place.
The sense of fear
Last March, Williams’ coach astutely commented on his playing style, stating, “He transmits a lot of fear to the opponent. He can catch the ball and get away from 3 or 4.”
However, the coach also pointed out that given his age, it’s perfectly normal for him to occasionally lack composure when it comes to decision-making.
For what it is worth, Williams ranked second in the league for successfully executing the most dribbles, trailing only behind Vinicius Jr. last season and it is no secret that Barcelona need someone of this quality.
Perfect for 4-3-3
Ousmane Dembele bid farewell to Barcelona, leaving behind a void of a player capable of luring multiple defenders into his mesmerizing moves.
However, hope emerged from the shadows in the form of Lamine Yamal, a left-footed magician who has showcased his potential as a game-changing force on the pitch.
In the realm of possibility, under the guidance of Xavi and Williams’ deployment, the Catalan club could witness a renaissance of their cherished 4-3-3 formation.
A vision cherished by countless fans, it ensures deploying two dynamic wingers, each armed with the skills to cut inside for a thunderous shot or glide effortlessly along the byline.
During the previous season, Williams predominantly plied his trade on the right flank, yet this campaign, he has seamlessly moved to the left wing, a testament to his remarkable versatility. And this, after all, is perfect news for Barcelona.
Good relationship with Barcelona players
Meanwhile, away from club duties, Williams formed a bond with compatriots like Yamal, Alejandro Balde, and Gavi while donning the national team colours during the recent international break.
Together, they immersed themselves in intense training sessions, honing their skills and showcasing their prowess in intricate games.
Moreover, their connection extended beyond the practice field as well, with Nico and Balde being seen sharing the floor for some dance moves.