Aleix Vidal has become one of the biggest talking points at FC Barcelona. He arrived at the club last summer after a spectacular season with Sevilla. Luis Enrique wanted him as his right-back, even more so with the possibility that Dani Alves could have left the club. After finally being registered in January, Aleix Vidal had an important role, but his participation has diluted. And it all has an explanation: The coaches feel he's shown a lack of competitiveness when he's had a chance and that he can do a lot better than he's been doing.
He's already adapted to the club. His characteristics indicated that he could be an important signing for Barça from the off. He's a winger converted into a full-back, a position he helped Sevilla win the Europa League in. He has the ability to join in in attack, with a great cross, but he can also defend. His profile perfectly fitted in and he adapted to the club's training sessions quickly. But on the pitch, he has not got off the ground.
Luis Enrique gave him chances in January and Aleix Vidal performed well in the Copa del Rey, but his performances dipped off and his last game starting was against Getafe on March 12. Since then, he's been left in the dark, left out of certain matchday squads as a clear touch of attention. The most recent being against Deportivo, when Douglas was chosen ahead of him.
The player knows to what he owes this situation and he understands he must improve. To play for Barça comes with a price and Luis Enrique has clearly shown him the path. Improve his levels or he will no get minutes in a Barça shirt. Despite the fact the situation may seem tough, the coaches still have confidence in Aleix Vidal, a player that cost close to 20 million euros.
They are clear on the fact he's a player with quality, a player who is good enough to play for this Barça. Everything is in his hands for things to return to normal. Vidal has understood the message and won't give up. He will take responsibility and fight more than ever for his place - there are no doubts that his future is at the club. The club, as of today, aren't planning on letting him go. It's a mini-crisis which, perhaps, will soon come to an end.