As Barcelona grabbed an easy victory against Granada this weekend, coach Luis Enrique praised Arda Turan's contributions to the victory: "He was good, he lacks a bit of rhythm, but he brings dynamism, freshness... we are happy with him. We will see Arda's best position as he plays more games. We've still not seen him getting forward a lot, he's a player that drives forward, sets up goals... he is a player that's going to add a lot of different things. He has to adapt to the way Barça player. He will need time, but I am happy."
As Enrique broadly explained, it seems that Arda Turan is going to be one of the centers of Barcelona's game. Since Xavi Hernandez's departure, there has been a huge gap in the organizational shape, and Arda Turan could be the best choice to fill the vacuum left by the legendary midfielder.
First of all, Ivan Rakitic, who was supposed to assume Xavi's role, is too busy covering the mess that the magical trio, Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi, leave behind them. Given the fact that Barcelona's tempo has accelerated since the arrival of Suarez and Neymar, Rakitic's role is not enough to establish Barcelona's style.
On the other hand, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets are considerably less effective in this Enrique-an interpretation of tiki-taka. The former's elegant control, dribbling and passing skills are useless most of the time, because unlike in the Guardiola era, now the team, especially Neymar and Suarez, does not seek the best option for goal and consider themselves the last man.
Furthermore, the latter has lost his ability to make the game flow by being an option for every midfielder and defender. This is mainly because all of Guardiola's successors used him for defensive priorities and positioned him almost 10 meters back from his most effective position. As a result, now Barcelona are more dependent on individual skills to bring the ball into the opponent's half.However, right in the middle of a confused team, Arda Turan could be the player that helps Enrique reorganize neo-total football. Turan has a superb sense of time and space, and has enough skills to deliver the right pass to the right person in the right manner. This feature was what made Barcelona's game so rhythmic and unstoppable and is about to be forgotten. Turan, if Enrique gives him the authority to shape Barça attacks, can balance the speed and chaos created by Neymar and Suarez.
Added to that, it must be said that Arda Turan's mental and technical skills are unprecedented in Turkish football. Despite the boring rhetoric that keeps playing "from the suburbs of İstanbul to Barcelona," there is nothing that resembles the Turkish way of playing football in Arda Turan's case. In contrast, his patient and wise way of playing is directly opposite to the immature and chaotic nature of Turkish football.
In the end, Arda Turan could be a legend at Barcelona, as Ali Fikri Işık from diyarinsesi.org said, he has to convince the other players, especially Neymar and Luis Suarez that he is in charge of Barcelona's offence.