Hector Bellerin, a former Arsenal defender, has struggled since joining Barcelona, and fans have voiced their concerns about his fit at Camp Nou.
Hector Bellerin has been dubbed Barcelona’s worst summer signing as his future becomes more and more uncertain.
After terminating the final year of his contract with the Gunners, the Spaniard joined the La Liga giants in the summer.
He signed a one-year contract with his old team, but Bellerin and Barcelona weren’t happy with how the reunion turned out.
During the first half of the season, the 27-year-old was limited to just five appearances, only three of which were starts.
In reality, since mid-September, the right-back has only appeared in 20 league minutes due to injury and has been on the sidelines for the last four games.
Bellerin’s problems have gotten worse after Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo polled supporters over Barcelona’s summer sales.
Unsurprisingly, Robert Lewandowski takes the top spot with a rating of 9.32 out of 10 after scoring 18 goals in his first 19 club games.
Jules Kounde has a very good rating of 7.82 after joining from domestic rivals Sevilla in the summer, while former AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has an average rating of 5.38.
Bellerin’s situation has only gotten worse after receiving a dismal 4.42 rating, easily making him the worst signing made at Camp Nou this season.
Going forward, his bad performance can make things much more challenging.
Things are developing similarly to how they did at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta, when they already found themselves lower on the totem pole.
According to earlier reports, Barcelona has already decided not to extend his contract for another year and will put more emphasis on acquiring a new right-back during the January transfer window.
Despite Bellerin’s long-term goal of remaining at Camp Nou, this is the case.
He stated: “I want to sign a new agreement since I want to continue here at Barca; I’m incredibly happy,” in an interview with Catalunya Radio earlier this month.
Bellerin, a four-time member of the Spanish national team, has also been unsuccessful in regaining his spot on the Spain team for the 2018 World Cup in Qatar.
The right-back, who made his international debut in 2016 under Vicente del Bosque, has not played for his nation in more than two years.
Arsenal manager Arteta remarked, “If you take away the coaching and player scenario a little bit, I go back into that relationship as well,” after Bellerin left Arsenal for Barcelona in the summer.
“I have really strong feelings for the young man and appreciate everything he has done for the team. I wish him the best of luck because I am aware that playing there is one of his aspirations.
Since he’s still young and has a lot of potential, I hope he can realize his desire and restart his career.”