FC Barcelona’s supporters are accustomed to the escalation of distinguished players from the second team to the first team, especially in the midfield, as we have seen Puig’s heavy involvement in the first team and we could be seeing this with Monchu soon.
Monchu, who mainly plays in the supporting center and his ability to play as a defensive pivot, can play both offensive and defensive roles.
In this tactical analysis, we will review what the player can give to Barcelona tactically and statistically.
Ramón Rodríguez Jiménez, commonly known as Monchu one of the most critical players in the team on the offensive side, especially in the stage of the transition from defense to attack and always makes himself a solution in the process of build-up.
Monchu participated this season during 29 games, was able to score ten goals and create three others for colleagues. The team leader is characterized by vertical movement in the space between his team’s penalty area and the opponent’s penalty area, as we will see in his heatmap.
With an expected rate of contribution to goals between scoring goals and their assist, it reaches 0.34 (xG+xA) per game this season with Barcelona B, the fourth-best player in the attacking side.
But Monchu’s role does not stop there. Instead, he participates in the process of building from the back. He returns as a third defender in the construction process to facilitate the process of leaving the ball, with accurate passing up to 93% this season, as we will see in the next example.
The movement, both vertical and horizontal, makes Monchu special at the supporting central midfielder and can score either outside the box or inside the area.
Being a Barcelona midfielder means that you must have the intelligence to move, whether with the ball or without it vertically, progress in the half-spaces, and even reach the opponent’s penalty area to try and score.
Monchu not only attacks and contributes to building gameplay with skill and intelligence but also has good defensive contributions to the team.
Monchu offers defensive support, especially with high-pressure ideas in the last third or middle third of the field, these attributes made him participate in some games in the center as a defensive midfielder, along with the supporting defensive center.
He has an interception rate of 0.8 times for each game; this makes him an indispensable midfielder in the defensive system as we will observe in the following examples.
The team leader has a success rate in total duels of up to 55%, along with his ability to tackle the ball in one meeting by up to two balls.
Monchu is an important player in pressure ideas for the Barcelona B team under the leadership of the coach Francisco Javier García Pimienta, which means that the player is offensive but takes part in front of the two defense hearts, as it happened in 8 games this season.
Targeting the ball, not the opponent, and trying to cut it must be worked on by Monchu on upcoming occasions, especially as he is one of the players nominated to escalate to the first team.
He has distinct capabilities in offensive and defensive support, except that some weaknesses diminish his performances.
He possesses some technical matters that must be dealt with, especially on the defensive side, as despite his somewhat acceptable length of 173 cm, his timing for jumping is not right.
We will notice this problem during the next example, as he made his team concede a goal.
Besides, he commits mistakes mainly in the midfield area and in front of his team’s penalty area.
Monchu is one of the team’s most distinguished players but needs to develop on the defensive side in one way or another.
In this analysis, we tried to look at the Barcelona team captain B and what he could offer the twenty-year-old, and why he should climb to the first difference. This is because he possesses the quality to assist big chances and participate in the build-up.
Besides that, the player is capable of defensive support and pressure throughout the field with dynamic movement, which gives him the quality to be in the first team, as his versatility could be exploited in multiple ways.