From the arrival of Johan Cruyff on the FC Barcelona bench, are few footballers who have triumphed after landing during the winter market. Of the 22 footballers who joined the club at the start of the year, we had in our fingers those who caused an impact on the Camp Nou lawn and who won the unconditional support of the fans.
One of them was Edgar Davids. Despite only half a season of competition, the Dutch played a key role in building Joan Laporta and Frank Rijkaard’s side in early 2004. He helped climb back in the second half of the campaign to finish second in the League, behind Valencia. This process was crucial for the emergence of the ‘culé dynasty’, since two years later they would become the “kings of Europe” by beating the champions of the Champions League. Another was Frank de Boer, the one who kept almost five years under the disciplica blaugrana, wearing the captain’s bracelet.
However, there is another footballer who has escalated positions and has been named by many as the best winter signing in history: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese have been important for the striker of Xavi Hernández and have accumulated ‘arrolladores’ numbers in just four months. Currently, sum of 11 so many and one assist in 15 League games, leaving a goal average every 89′ minutes of play.
In addition, also it left its sign in Europe, marking in two occasions in the six parties that disputed in the season. Nevertheless, the most fascinating data is for the arches of the institution, since it arrived ‘free’ with the letter of freedom under the armfor which the Barcelona has not disbursed nor a single euro in his traspaso. Case contrary to Philippe Coutinhothe one that had a total cost of 143.5 million euros and is about to be sold to Villa Aston by 20 ‘kilos’.
They also arrived players like Emmanuel Amunike, Maxi López, Geovanni Deiberson and Jerry Mina, those who never convinced and ended up separating after a few months. Martin Braithwaite, who is still on the team, is another that did not meet expectations and will be in the exit ramp so alone two seasons later.
Ferran Torres draws attention
Ferran Torres arrived with ‘Auba’ at the start of 2022 to give him a total twist on the front-end offense. And it’s okay that they did. After dressing the Valencia and Manchester City T-shirt, Foios’ one landed to work from the left side, adding interesting numbers for a total of seven goals and six assists in 23 engagements. Nevertheless, the ‘but’ in the ‘dispute’ to be the best winter signing from Barca’s roots in the cost of his traspaso. The Valencian cost 55 million plus 10 in variablesa value that leaves him below “the list” compared to Aubameyang.