Eric Garcia gaining ground as a Busquets replacement
The defender could be used by Xavi in the pivot role as an experiment
Eric Garcia's situation at Barça could take an unexpected turn. The young Catalan centre-back has hardly had any playing time since his return from the World Cup. The great performances of Christensen, Araujo and Koundé are leaving him frozen out, however, his participation could be increased soon, but not as a central defender.
Xavi Hernandez feels sorry for the few minutes Eric is getting. "I talk to him, he is not participating as much as he deserves, he trains well. That happens because of the fact of having competition and being at a club like Barça", said Xavi in the press conference after the match against Athletic.
At the same time, he hinted that the former Manchester City centre-back could adapt to other positions. In this sense, this could be reflected on the pitch sooner rather than later.
According to Relevo, Eric Garcia has been playing in midfield in training for weeks. Moreover, according to the same website, the results are very positive and Xavi would be delighted to try him there.
Therefore, it would not be surprising to see the centre-back from Martorell used in midfield in the next few league games, giving Sergio Busquets a rest. His ability to play associatively and his great reading of the game could give him a solid footing.