Ivan Rakitic, from undroppable to invisible

The Croatian is the fifth most used midfielder so far, having previously been No 1

Ernesto Valverde (izquierda) e Ivan Rakitic en la previa del Barça-Villarreal
Ernesto Valverde (izquierda) e Ivan Rakitic en la previa del Barça-Villarreal  | Valentí Enrich

Ivan Rakitic used to be essential for Ernesto Valverde, now he's invisible. The Croatian has been one of the most used players at the club since he arrived, first by Luis Enrique and then by Valverde. But after the summer in which he was frequently linked to the exit, and didn't go, he's hardly featured.

Juan Manuel Díaz

@JuanmaDiaz65

Frenkie de Jong's arrival has pushed him out of the side. Rakitic has played 166 minutes out of 720 available, even though he has appeared in five of eight matches. Arturo Vidal and Alena can share his pain.

For now it seems De Jong, Busquets, Arthur is the coach's midfield of choice. 

 2017/18
GAMES PLAYED MINUTES
RAKITIC 55 LEO MESSI 4.468
LEO MESSI 54 LUIS SUÁREZ 4.447
LUIS SUÁREZ 51 TER STEGEN 4.320
BUSQUETS 50 RAKITIC 4.266
PIQUÉ 49 BUSQUETS 4.164

2018/19
GAMES PLAYED MINUTES
RAKITIC 54 PIQUÉ 4.680
BUSQUETS 54 J. ALBA 4.510
COUTINHO 54 TER STEGEN 4.410
J. ALBA 54 BUSQUETS 4.333
A. VIDAL 54 RAKITIC 4.237

2019/20
GAMES PLAYED MINUTES
DE JONG 8 DE JONG 629
S. ROBERTO 7 S. ROBERTO 549
BUSQUETS 6 BUSQUETS 484
ARTHUR 5 ARTHUR 380
RAKITIC 5 RAFINHA* 187
RAFINHA 3* RAKITIC 166

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