It’s Mascherano, aka “Say hello, to my little friend!”

Javier Mascherano joins us from Liverpool. He’s not even 5-foot-9 inches tall, but he plays like a giant. Ramzi will post, once he is finished dancing a mambo of joy. Meanwhile, Busquets gets competition that, as with Keita and Abidal and Maxwell and Pedro!, can only make him better. More importantly, we get a thug. A flat-out. for-sure ass thug. Yes, he has ball skills galore, and is an excellent passer and handler of the ball. He’s Argentine. Come on. But more importantly, he will get all up in that ass.

Daddy likey. The happy number was a 16+6 deal, as in fee and incentives, and that’s in Pounds, rather than Euros. Watch the video, and then wonder about a Busquets/Mascherano trident with Xavi, and whether anyone would ever get the ball past midfield. Our defenders will be able to go out for Barca Xips.


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  1. August 27, 2010

    Hmmm ….

    So with Iniesta’s new-found attacking prowess (though still no goals), might Guardiola be thinking something like:

    Alves Pique Puyol Abidal
    Mascherano Xavi Busquets
    Messi Villa Iniesta

    Not a fan, since that means NO GOALS from the left thanks to Ghostface’s force field in front of goal, but it’s one possibility. Subs become Keita, Pedro! and Krkic, and I still think we make a January signing of an attacker, once the market calms down.

    • vicsoc8
      August 27, 2010

      There are just so many different permutations we can use for different tactical situations now. Awesome

    • JMo
      August 27, 2010

      I love the creativity Kxev, but I still can’t see Iniesta in anywhere but the midfield. It’s where he belongs. If the WC showed us anything, it’s that Ghostface CAN be the attacking force in the midfield, terrorizing defenses outside the eighteen.

      It’s just I’ve seen little to convince myself, or Pep, of whether he can play as a winged striker on the left. I would prefer using Hulk sMasch as a sub or seconday midfielder and keep Iniesta in the starting XI’s mid than isolate our attack.

      Alves Pique Puyol Abidal
      Xavi Busi Iniesta
      Messi Villa Pedro

      i think that’s just fine with Keita, sMasch, and Bojan off the bench.

      ps – I’m going to be pissed when Ibra leaves. IF he leaves.

  2. Kxevin
    August 27, 2010

    Also want to paste an excerpt from a Euler comment here, which might have gotten lost in all the commentary in the previous thread. It’s very interesting, and is feeling like the genesis of a post by somebody smarter than I am:

    “Good news on Mascherano. Squad depth was critically low and there was no way the club could go into the long season with one DM….

    In many ways the organization is moving back in time in terms of the sporting project to the start of the transfer window last year when it was Villa and Masch Pep originally targeted and wanted.

    In some ways the organization is resetting itself if the Ibra move goes through.”

  3. August 27, 2010

    kevin or ramzi, i know he can slot into RB if needed as he has done at liverpool, but do you guys know if he can also cover at CB as we seem a little light in that position.

    • Cam
      August 27, 2010

      I can’t answer this, but I read somewhere this week where Pep thinks Busquets can pull a Yaya and play CB.

  4. Alexinho
    August 27, 2010

    It’s officious?!?! Hurrah! And a great number to go with it.

    Now if only we could spend about 1,000,000 for one of those personal trips into orbit for Ibra for about five days

  5. This is unquestionably a great deal and a fantastic addition to your squad, but watching that video compilation I can’t help but think he’s going to lead La Liga in red cards this year. CR7 evidently already has practice pretending he’s been murdered by Masch, and I’m sure most other long-time Liga players will do the same if he leaves his feet for tackles as much as in the above compilation.

    Again, great buy and I think he does more to improve your squad in terms of need and value than for example Villa, but it should be interesting to see how he transitions to Spain’s style of play.

  6. Roz
    August 27, 2010

    Did any1 notice the title of the vid…rofl

  7. Alexinho
    August 27, 2010

    Hahahaha! In one click of the back button on a very slow computer, I found a new post, AND that the name of the video here has been changed to hilarious effect.

  8. lizi
    August 27, 2010

    I was always worrying that Mascherano’s defense is too harsh according to La Liga’s standard. He got quite some red cards last season in the EPL. After watching the world cup, I thought he might be fine at Barca. But after watching this video, I am not sure again because quite some challenges he made could be red-carded in the La liga. And most challenges he made in the video is slide and double-kick. This is extremely dangerous and most likely punished by referees. Hope my worry won’t come true.

  9. Varun
    August 28, 2010

    Good buy.
    in BPL he has ot make challenges, at barca he’ll get to play like he did in WC, meaning more composed.
    Most of all as already pointed out above.

    1 DM 60, games a season, no can’t do
    people seem to be taking the fact that Xavi never gets injured that everything is hunky dory, we needed more squad depth.
    Attack is ok, pedro and bojan can do the job at wings, and Illusionista to just do what he does, wherever he wants to do it 🙂

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