Arthur Melo, the incomplete player

first_img8 The great challenge of Arthur Melo this season is to end a game starting as a starter. With Quique Setién he has played all the games, two of them also as a starter (Valencia and Getafe in LaLiga), but in no case has he played the 90 minutes. In fact, to see the last time the Brazilian midfielder completed a match, we have to go back to November 9 when he started against Celtic (4-1) in the Camp Nou. Since that day he hasn’t played 90 minutes again. First because of recurrent pubic lesions and then because both Ernesto Valverde and now Setién seem to be clear that he has no physical or endurance to be present in the field the whole game. There is no doubt that the picture for Arthur is more than worrisome. And not only because he does not have regularity in the field to endure the whole game but when he is given the opportunity he does not take advantage of it either, covering with the file and little else. His game, excessively bureaucratic, does not provide different solutions and exasperates the respectable on more than one occasion. Far away is that player that some came to compare with Xavi Hernández for his way of moving in the field, Right now, the Brazilian international is barely the last bullet in the chamber of Setién.In addition, Arthur is accompanied by a disturbing label of undisciplined player. With the previous coach, Ernesto Valverde, He already had two ‘hooked’: one to travel to Paris without permission to go to the Neymar party when there were two days left to play a game against Real Madrid and another to make a trip to Andorra one weekend to practice ‘snowboarding’ when I was convalescent of a pubalgia. Two mistakes that have made a dent in their performance. In short, a full disappointment. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 17, 2020 If we look at Arthur’s season it is clear that the first word that comes to mind is disappointment. It is not normal that a player of his talent could only complete five games (three from LaLiga and two from Champions). If with Valverde he was the thirteenth most used player, with Setién things have gone directly worse, being the penultimate, only surpassed by the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto, who adds 90 minutes, played in the Cup against Ibiza. Arthur (239) is below even from Junior (241), a prior player destined for a secondary role, who Arturo Vidal (249) or even that Rakitic (361).last_img

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