Yerry Mina is reportedly already under contract with FC Barcelona and will move to the Catalan city with the start of 2018 – after the season in Brazil finished. The strong 22 years old center back has impressed with Independiente Santa Fe earning himself the move to Palmeiras in the summer of 2016 for about 3.2 million Euros. Since then he appeared in 13 games for the Brazilian club getting himself an amazing of four times on the scoresheet and securing one assist as well. His immense 1.95m of height give him the advantage in aerial duels and in defensive combats with opponent strikers. He is rarely outclassed in 1v1’s and wins the majority of his tackles.
However apart from his strength in the opponent’s penalty box and his defensive skills he definitely needs to develop his passing. With a 72.7 pass percentage he won’t be able to get into FC Barcelona’s starting 11 were it is essential to have a flawless passing. His experienced CB colleague at Palmeiras Edu Dracena ouclasses Mina with a almost 10% points higher pass completion rate while playing similar amounts of passes throughout the 90 minutes. Furthermore you might expect a 1.95m man to absolutely dominate the air. Although he is dangerous for standards he is still only able to win about 50% of his heading duels.
Yerry Mina must have been on the radar of FC Barcelona for at least some time but probably the moment when the identified his full potential was when the Colombian was on national duty against Uruguay, against one of the most lethal strikers worldwide Luis Suarez. Against Mina the Ex-Liverpool striker was very rarely able to even keep the ball for hi team and grew more and more desperate from minute to minute. Additionally to his fantastic defensive display Mina also scored the crucial equalizer for Colombia with what else – a header, the famously celebrating in the South American rain and mud.
Undoubtedly the 22 year old has the potential to turn into a world class center back. However it therefore is essential for him to improve his passing play. Even more so when he wants to succeed for Barcelona playing on a much higher and faster level. Additionally he will have to fight for his place in the team as Pique is not only a top defender but also a leader in Barcelona’s squad and Marlon who currently performs for the B team has already proven his class in several appearances for the defending La Liga champions.