Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has spoken out about the situation of veteran midfielder Oriol Romeu. Romeu has seen a decline in his playing time recently. The 32-year-old Romeu was a prominent figure in the starting lineup during the early part of the season but has found himself on the fringes in recent matches. Xavi offered insights on Romeu’s status ahead of their forthcoming fixture against Real Sociedad.
Xavi Hernandez On Oriol Romeu
The Barca manager had encouraging words for Oriol Romeu:
“We talk to him, we make individual and group videos, just as we do with everyone… he is doing a good job. But there is competition. This is about performance. Whoever is better will play. Whoever comes on and does better will play. Whoever plays a good game will stay in the lineup. He looks mentally strong to me. He has room for improvement, like everyone, and will continue to be important for the group.”Xavi Hernandez
It was recently disclosed that Romeu has been dealing with chronic knee pain, attributed to the heightened demands of playing frequently at Barcelona. Internal concerns have arisen due to this, with differing opinions about the root causes. Some attribute it solely to physical strain, while others believe that the role itself is becoming overwhelming.
FC Barcelona has been searching for a long-term solution following the departure of Sergio Busquets last summer. A role for which Romeu was not initially intended. If an economical option becomes available during the winter transfer window, it might sway Barcelona to make a move.
Romeu was acquired from Girona for just €3.4 million, offering an affordable rotation choice for the team. In matches with less intensity, he has demonstrated his effectiveness. However, his performances have dipped notably since the absence of Frenkie de Jong. He has inadvertently highlighted the issue of finding a suitable complement among Barcelona’s other midfielders.
Xavi’s comments suggest that Oriol Romeu remains a valuable member of the squad. But he will face tough competition for playing time as Barcelona seeks the ideal midfield setup for its future endeavours.