Barcelona will develop and individual fitness plan for Arthur
- Last season, Arthur's fitness wasn't up to the standards and he almost never played full 90 minutes.
- The club want fix his training routine and diet.
- Valverde plans to use a midfield of De Jong, Busquets and Arthur.
According to Barcelona-based Diario Sport, Blaugrana have high hopes for Arthur and want him to be an undisputed starter for years to come. However, his bad physical conditions last season raised concern among the coaching staff and the club's officials. As such, the Catalans are set to develop an individual training programme for the midfielder in order to strengthen his fitness.
Although his adaptation to European football came earlier than the Catalans expected, there still are reasons to worry. For example, Ernesto Valverde barely gave the Brazilian the chance to play full matches as he usually subbed him off around the 70 minutes mark. This is, reportedly, due to his lack of stamina.
The problems come, allegedly, from Arthur's not-so-good diet and bad habits. As a reminder, the 22-year-old suffered an untimely injury last spring after attending Neymar's birthday party in Paris. Although the Brazil international apologized for the incident, both the club and the player want to avoid similar experiences in the future:
"I was wrong going to the party of Neymar, I apologize", he reportedly came to recognize.
Now that Barca have landed Frenkie de Jong, Ernesto will have the chance to field a midfield of De Jong-Sergio Busquets-Arthur. Although the trio looks good on paper, the fact is that all three players are good on the ball but suffer in the physical department. Thus, the club is set to work on their fitness ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Would you like to see a midfield of De Jong-Busi-Arthur?