It's going to be tough for Samuel Umtiti to get minutes this season. However, the fact that Todibo's left and Eric Garcia hasn't arrived (yet) open a small door of opportunity. The centre-back is not in Ronald Koeman's plans but he wants to turn things around and believes the lack of defenders at the club could play into his favour.
The France international uploaded a number of images on Instagram on Tuesday of him training. "Training complete," he commented. Beyond the photos, Umtiti sent a message along the lines of: he's will not give up and he will try to get back in shape and prove his fitness again following various knee problems.
Even though he was never close to leaving in the summer, Barça will continue to try and move him on in January, when Garcia could be signed from Manchester City. In addition, the club's bet on Ronald Araujo has seen Umtiti fall further down the pecking order, with Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet still the first choice pairing.