The new signing has left very positive sensations in the first training sessions due to his physical strength but also his good technique
Barça has only been training for a week and as is usual in the first sessions of a preseason the physical sessions predominate over the tactical ones although at Barça the ball is always present and exercises with it are common. Though its too early to draw any conclusions, the feeling among the coaching staff seems to be that they have made the right decision with the signing of Kessie. And not only because he has arrived for free and was a market opportunity.
"Its is a very good feeling. He has surprised very positively," the sports trainers claim. While there were no doubts about his physical strength, it was necessary to appraise him in handling of the ball and other technical aspects that may show the quality of a player. And Kessie has a good touch. He doesn't go unnoticed in the 'rondos' or in the exercises in which he has to control balls. Technically, he is quite sound. Although many have had their doubts about how much game time he will have, since he is seen as a player who lacks the classic Barça DNA that Xavi generally likes, the coach has conveyed his confidence in him.
"When a coach like Xavi calls you, it is because you are doing your job well. You can't say no to Barça. I spoke to him and he stressed the importance I will have in his plans," he said on the day of his presentation. Though Xavi is counting on Frenkie De Jong, in the case that he ends up leaving, the coach does not believe it necessary to sign another midfielder- unless it is viable to bring in an indisputable one like Bernardo Silva- because he plans to give Kessie a lot of game time and he also has Pablo Torre; and if he ends up staying, Collado. Barça will play the first friendly of the pre-season against Olot on Wednesday. It will be a good time to see the Ivorian's game, for all those who have seen little of him. Perhaps they too will be surprised, like Xavi.