Sergiño Dest (21 years), lateral FC Barcelona, is not going through its best moment. The North American defender has been affected by an initially minor injury such as low back pain that has had him in the dry dock for 19 days, but also since he has received medical discharge he has barely counted for Xavi Hernandez.
Before playing against him Celtic in League, on November 4, he was absent due to this ailment and Sergi Barjuan, then interim technician, could not count on him in Bullets. Since then he was on leave until before Barça-Benfica last Tuesday 23 he was discharged and entered the call. Later, in the game, Xavi went out to play with a 3-4-3 system and Dest was a substitute. The North American only jumped onto the field in the 86th minute and to replace Araujo, who left ‘touched’. And this past Saturday, in Villarreal, He was not a starter and the right back in a 4-3-3 scheme was occupied by a central, Eric Garcia. This time, Sergiño nor did he go out and Xavi did not exhaust the changes, since he only made three of the five allowed.
The journey of Xavi has only just begun but for now has little with Dest and also the Terrassa coach has endorsed the signing of a veteran right-back, Dani alves, who at 38 years old will have to wait for the winter market to be registered, which will imply more competition for Dest. But there is more.
And it is that as MD has been able to know, internally, within the sports area of the Barça, there are some doubts about Dest. Weighty voices point out that the North American does not give the profile to be the starting side of the Barça. On an offensive level, he has virtues such as his good ball handling and the ability to dribble and center, apart from a good shot. However, their shortcomings are also evident, especially when it comes to marking important rivals and to live the games at the maximum concentration. In fact, disconnections and distractions are internally blamed on him during meetings.
In this sense, important technicians at the club point out that Dest It will be difficult for him to consolidate himself in the starting eleven and that, given that forecast, it is not necessary to have complexes in contemplating him as a possible player to put on the market and with which to generate income in the short term, among other things to avoid devalue if you play little. In October 2020, Barça paid to Ajax 21 million euros plus the commitment to pay some variables that could reach another 5 million. Dest signed until 2025 with a buyout clause of 400 million.