Barcelona Opinion: Why should Barca sign Ianis Hagi?
The 20-year-old has had a spectacular campaign in the ongoing Euro U21 competition, helping Romania reach the semi-finals. He is the son of George Hagi, a renowned footballer, who played for both Barca and Real Madrid.
Hagi has been impressive for Viitorul Constanta, a club which plays in Romania’s top-tier, since joining them in 2018.
He bagged 20 goals and 12 assists in all competitions and was named in the Liga Team of the year for subsequent seasons. A youth product of his father’s own academy, Hagi earlier had a short spell with Serie A outfit Fiorentina.
Despite losing to Germany in the semi-final in Euro U21, Hagi bagged a total of 4 goals in the competition. Primarily an attacking midfielder, he has the tendency to play on either side of the wings.
Barca’s need for attacking-minded midfielders
The Catalans have hardly had the services of attacking midfielders for a while now since Philippe Coutinho was deployed as a winger. The former Liverpool man has failed to embrace his new role under Ernesto Valverde, which saw him undergo a big dip in form.
Meanwhile, the former Athletico Bilbao manager stuck to the midfielders, who often preferred the central roles.
Whilst the current midfield line-up consists of Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic, who have already entered their 30s, the Blaugrana should find someone with agile legs, and most importantly, with intentions to contribute to the attacking third.
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Hagi carries all the aforesaid requisites and the Catalans can certainly make good use of him. In fact, his strength lies with his ambidexterity and tremendous dribbling skills.
Furthermore, his playmaking skills and the threat he imposes via set-pieces make him one of the strongest No.10’s at the moment.
The Blaugrana has always been the place for some of the best talents and their tradition of bringing youngsters to the spotlight should continue with signings like Hagi.