SAMUEL UMTITI: A DETOUR FROM GREATNESS

The rock French international arrived at Barcelona with load of prospect and desired to be at the top. Samuel Umtiti arrived at offering privileged physical and tactical conditions. The former Olympique Lyon defender was on the rise to be the next big thing in football as his positioning, defensive awareness and technicality is second to no one of his calibre.

Although, Barcelona had won UEFA Champions League in 2015, but losing the European gong to the Arch Rival had sought Barcelona to reinforced their backline with the Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne.

Due to his emergence, the partnership between Gerard Pique and Mascherano was cut short which eventually forced the Argentine out Barcelona in January 2018. A center back that had the affection of the club, the fans and the players across all board with physical, reliable and solidity that prevent the opposition on countless times to score a goal. The world cup winner had once been considered as the new Carles Puyol by many culés all over the world and the next partner of Gerard Piqué.

Despite the bright prospect that radiate emergence of new and big thing in world football, Samuel Umtiti had just been the shadow of himself and the French international had not just lost his place in the current Barcelona squad to his fellow countryman, Clement Lenglet, he is current losing the patience and trust of the football lover across the globe. Even, in National team the squad right of the 26-year-old beside Raphael Varane is in jeopardy and Umtiti need to find a solution to the injury ravage career he’s having.

Since the dawn of 2020/2021 season in September, Umtiti is yet to have an appearance in any match and no one can fault the big France international for his absence but Umtiti had always look dark since his first injury that sideline him for 28 games in 2018/2019.

Since his injury in 2018/2019, the world cup winner has looked well physically but the traced of the old Umtiti with much energy, vibrancy, tenacity and positioning is out of place the this could be costing his career.

Since 2018/2019 season Barcelona have had several coaching crew to fix the problem in the squad but the answer had been the same with Gerard Pique and Lenglet been the option, even with Koeman trusting the Dutch playmaker at the heart of the defence with Lenglet inconsistency. However, when he is fully fit, the coach can hardly gamble on his brilliance once again.

The lack of trust in the French man could be dated back to the Celta Vigo’s game in the last campaign, Umtiti was out of position in the many of Celta Vigo’s attacks, leaving a lot of space behind, pressing up when he shouldn’t, and lacking concentration. Celta de Vigo had multiple chances of danger for the simple fact of having Umtiti on the defensive line of Barcelona.

Moreover, with much at stake at the ever demanding club like Barcelona after the humiliating defeat in the hand of Bayern Munich in Portugal last season, Barcelona would be hoping to wrestle back the European gong and the local gongs once against from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid respectively. However, Umtiti will be hoping to rejuvenate his career back on track despite the odds not favouring the Blaugrana according to the bet live on 22bet with 15.0 0dds to conquer the Europe for the sixth time.

The injury had hinder the growth of one of the finest defensive mind, the beyond the injury woes, the French had looked shadow of himself and thus the career of sturdy defender is going down the drain already from the sparkling great it once shown.

More so, the ineptitude of the 26-year-old is a major concern for the Blaugrana. With pique injured and short staffed team, the pressure will be on Umtiti once again to be the dominance force he once was and to regain his capability.

Samuel Umtiti was destined for greatness based on his capability but the French international and the world cup winner had been off not just lately but ever since the injury in 2018/2018 season and his greatness had been detour to ill-luck and inconsistency, but to get his career back on track, Samuel Umtiti need to find his mojo back and he need to get it on time before his greatness finally detour without turning back.