Barcelona fan praises Mingueza for helping avoid Liverpool-like centre-back crisis

Barcelona fan praises Mingueza for helping avoid Liverpool-like centre-back crisis

Barcelona fans hail Mingueza for covering up for injured and struggling first-choice centre-back - something that the Liverpool youngsters have been unable to do this season.

The same fan adds that Oscar's emergence allowed Frenkie de Jong to stay in his position and improve.

Finally, Mingueza's versatility allowed him to serve as a back-up right-back with both Sergino Dest and Sergi Roberto injured.

Barcelona fan and Reddit user HvalaRakitic4 showers Oscar Mingueza with praise for stepping up when so much needed, comparing Barca's depleted defence to Liverpool's one in the same 2020-2021 campaign.

Here are 3 key things Mingueza has influenced - both directly and indirectly - since his debut in November, as per HvalaRakitic4:

Solving centre-back woes

"Kudos to Mingueza! Look at Liverpool. All of VVD (Virgil van Dijk), [Joel] Matip, Joe [Gomez] are injured and they have suffered badly cause their youngsters couldn't step up.

"But look at us. Pique injured, Lenglet out of form, Umtiti injured with no definite return date. Up comes Mingueza to help Araujo who himself is new."

Ensuring De Jong's rise

"If Mingueza wasn't there we would have to play Frenkie de Jong at CB and we wouldn't have seen FDJ's return to form."

Quickly cementing another position as an emergency

"Then when Roberto and Dest got injured, he slotted in at RB and is improving in that position. And he has done all this in probably the most turbulent period for the club in the last 15 years."

HvalaRakitic4 concluded: "Yeah in future he might not be Barca quality or might actually develop. But no matter what this guy has cemented a small space in my memory.

"When a decade later we are gonna talk about Barca's recovery from 8-2 this guy will definitely come up. Let's just hope he does something even better in the future."

Mingueza made his first-team debut against Dynamo Kyiv on November 24, providing his first-ever assist in the same game. In total, the 21-year-old has made 18 appearances for Barca, 10 times as a centre-back and 7 times as a right-back.

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