Manager Sergio Lobera wanted to praise Colombian Jeison Murillo’s arrival to Barcelona, he is convinced he has the props to even bench Lenglet.
Jeison Murillo’s loan to FC Barcelona from Valencia has been one of the most surprising news in Spanish football this Thursday, the Colombian’s former boss from Las Palmas was questioned about his skills and the response from Sergio Lobera was overwhelmingly positive.
But the most surprising tidbit of information from the manager who coached Murillo during his time at Las Palmas, was the assertion that the Colombian defender has the necessary talent to even bench French defender Clement Lenglet.
The France international has been one of the biggest lifesavers for Barcelona during a complicated season for compatriot Samuel Umtiti, his absence due to injury was the reason the club decided to go after Murillo and his former manager praised the Catalan club’s decision.
“This is a player whom when I coached in the Second Division at Ceuta, I really suffered him as a rival when he played for Cadiz,” said Lobera on Cadena Cope.
“He has a very good profile for Barça. He comes out from the back very well with the ball at his feet, he is technically gifted, he is great tactically, and he has the personality to playBarça’s style.”
“He has a great aerial game, he is very competitive, and he is also a great person. That is my experience with him as a coach. You also can’t tell if he plays with his left or right foot because he defends very well with both legs.”
“When I coached Busquets people asked me about him but it’s difficult to tell at that moment, we all know what Sergio has become now.”
“Murillo is one of those players who won’t waste an opportunity like this one. I think that he can even play more than Lenglet.”
“Experience-wise, maybe the Frenchman has more but Murillo can become a surprise if you give him the chance,” he concluded.
— Tiempo de Juego (@tjcope) December 20, 2018