After leaving the Bundesliga and joining Barcelona in the summer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s brief career with the La Liga giants has been far from easy.
The 22-year-old has fallen behind Chilean World Cup star Claudio Bravo at the Nou Camp, and since making a few blunders with his new club already, ter Stegen may be on his way out of his way out of Luis Enrique’s star-studded squad.
Now that the mid-season transfer window is upon the footballing community once more, Enrique will be asking himself, does ter Stegen have any meaningful future at Barcelona?
The young German shot-stopper has been one of the several foreign signings that have failed to find their feet under the new management of Luis Enrique, and for Marc-Andre ter Stegen in particular, the keeper’s form has dramatically suffered as a result. The Nou Camp faithful just haven’t taken to their new man between the sticks. Unless his fortunes perform a real u-turn in the near future, a place on the bench could be all that is left for the promising 22-year-old.
Prior to his summer’s move however, ter Stegen was known as an undisputed rising star of the Bundesliga. With Borussia Monchengladbach, the former Borussia-Park favourite made countless heroic saves that subsequently won major points for his team, and dragged his side up the league as a result. The Barca starlet was even considered worthy of challenging Manuel Neuer for the German no. 1 shirt before he moved to Spain.
Whilst ter Stegen’s Barca career is by no means over at this moment, the fact that the January transfer window is upon us again means that several teams across Europe are reportedly circling the young German in an attempt to land his signature. As a move back to the Bundesliga seems unlikely, several English teams are reportedly in the running to sign the 22-year-old, so a high profile move to the Premier League could therefore be on the cards sooner rather than later.
Arsenal, with their reputation of signing young European talent with a view to make them into future stars at the Emirates, could particularly benefit from the services of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The German keeper would add to the contingency of young foreign keepers at the Gunners, but is already a much bigger name than most of the other shot-stoppers on Arsenal’s books.
A shock move to Old Trafford has also been touted as of late, but with David De Gea in such fine form for Louis van Gaal’s side this season, it seems unlikely that the former Borussia Monchengladbach star would make the switch to Manchester United this winter.
Liverpool – with their current crisis at the back – would be ter Stegen’s most likely destination should Barca decide to release him to the Premier League in the next month. Simon Mignolet, for one reason or another, has simply been all over the place between the sticks this season, and as Brad Jones is also not quite the standard Liverpool should be reaching for, ter Stegen could be the perfect fit for Brendan Rodgers in his attempts to restore the success of last season at Anfield.
As the young keeper is currently out of favour at the Nou Camp, this is a deal that the Reds could easily afford, especially if the negotiations are thrashed out on a loan basis with a view to buy to next season.
Whatever becomes of Marc-Andre ter Stegen, the young German is undoubtedly a top keeper with bags of potential at his disposal. Despite his recent difficulties with Barcelona, and the odd howler here and there, expect to see this ‘Neuer-esque’ keeper make a real name for himself in the near future.