Ferran Torres is proving why Barcelona transfer was right for both him and Man City – Alex Brotherton

So much has happened recently that Ferran Torres’ transfer from Manchester City to Barcelona feels like it happened a lifetime ago, not barely two-and-a-half months ago.

The 16 months the young Spaniard spent at the Etihad Stadium will likely be remembered as a mixed bag. After understandably taking a while to settle in during a pandemic-hit first season at the club, Ferran showed a lot of potential earlier when Pep Guardiola started deploying him as a number nine.

But just as City fans were starting to imagine a future with the 21-year-old as their striker he decided to leave, lured back to Spain by the promise of helping restore a European giant to the top table after years of decline.

In the months since his £46.7m move, Torres has shown why City were desperate to keep him, but also why ultimately they shouldn’t feel too bad about letting him go.

On Sunday evening the former Valencia attacker scored a first-half brace as Barca eased to a 4-0 win against Osasuna at Camp Nou, a win that continued their impressive resurgence in recent months.

Deployed by manager Xavi on the left side of a front three, Torres dispatched an early penalty with an impressive air of calmness, before he exhibited his natural striking instincts by slotting the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs to double Barca’s advantage.

His clinical performance means that Torres has scored five goals and assisted three more in 12 matches for his new employers, not badly going considering he joined a club still embroiled in uncertainty and turmoil halfway through the season.

However, it has not all been plain sailing. It took the 21-year-old five outings to score his first league goal, a run during which he generally played well but seemed to lose confidence with every opportunity he spurned.

There was a feeling that supporters at Camp Nou were growing increasingly frustrated with his failings in front of goal, particularly during the 1-1 draw with Napoli last month. At full-time, the young attacker was visibly upset with his performance and had to be comforted by his teammates.

Torres scored a penalty that day but he took eight more shots without reward, including a couple that he felt well wide when bearing down on goal.

Perhaps then, for a player who needs time and plenty of minutes in order to shake off poor performances and build confidence, Barcelona is the right place for him. The Spanish giants are free of the pressure to win silverware-for one season at least-due to their financial issues and poor start to the campaign, allowing Torres time to find his feet from him.

Ferran Torres opened his Barcelona account in just his second appearance.
Ferran Torres opened his Barcelona account on just his second appearance and has settled in well at Camp Nou.

At City, Pep Guardiola just could not afford him that luxury. With the Blues still fighting on three fronts, the pressure of needing to perform is always there. If not, then one of Guardiola’s other elite attackers is ready to take your place.

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If recent reports prove accurate, then next season Pep will have his elite striker in the shape of Erling Haaland. The Norwegian’s arrival would have surely limited Torres’ playing time, while the fee received from Barca will contribute to any offer made for the Borussia Dortmund man.

Guardiola converted Torres from a right-winger into a striker at the start of 2021/22, but despite expectations that Barca were signing him to be their new front man, he has more often than not found himself on the left.

It’s a position that seems to suite his natural pace while allowing him to cut inside onto his favored right foot, but it’s just not a role he would have had the opportunity to play at City.

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With Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and summer signing Jack Grealish City’s main left-sided options, moving to Barca has given Torres a chance to develop his game in an unexpected way.

It will be fascinating to see how Ferran’s career at Barca turns out, whether he becomes the elite striker they signed him to be or stays out on the flank.

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Either way though, it looks increasingly like the transfer worked out pretty well for both of the clubs involved and the player.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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