How every Barcelona player on loan is performing this season

Martin Macdonald
Martin Macdonald 14 Dec 2021 18:40 CET 4 min read
Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid on loan from Barcelona

Barcelona's 2021/22 season has been one to forget as the club has seemingly stumbled from one crisis to another throughout.

The financial woes that cost them in the summer saw them lose talisman Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain, while several other poor transfer decisions had to be made in order to stay afloat.

In addition to that, Ronald Koeman was sacked after defeat to Rayo Vallecano, with club legend Xavi taking charge of the team. Summer signing Sergio Aguero was taken to hospital suffering breathing problems after a draw with Alaves and is unfortunately expected to announce his retirement from football in the coming days.

Barca have already lost the first El Clasico of the season, which was held at the Camp Nou, and sit in eighth place in La Liga, 18 points behind rivals Real Madrid. The state of the club is perhaps best epitomised by the fact that the gap to bottom place Levante is closer, 16 points, than the one to their Clasico rivals.

Not only that, but they were eliminated from the Champions League group stages for the first time in 17 years, and now face a Europa League knockout tie against Napoli having finished third in the group.

The club are in a financial crisis due to their transfer decisions, and only thanks to Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba taking a pay cut were they able to register their summer signings.

Along with letting players leave on permanent deals over the summer, the club also loaned out a few in order to gain first-team football, and save Barcelona some money on wages.

How many players do Barcelona have out on loan?

Unlike Chelsea, for example, who have a plethora of players out on loan this season, Barcelona only have four.

Where is each Barcelona player on loan?

Francisco Trincao - Wolves

Rey Manaj - Spezia

Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid

Miralem Pjanic - Besiktas

How are they performing?

Francisco Trincao (Wolves): He started the first five Premier League matches of the season before being dropped for the match against Southampton in late September. Trincao won his place back for the win against Newcastle but was then struck down with a positive coronavirus diagnosis and has made just three league starts since then. The on-loan attacker is still yet to score or assist in 12 Premier League appearances, but did find the net in his only League Cup appearance.

Rey Manaj (Spezia): Manaj initially struggled to make a dent into the Spezia starting XI, making just one appearance from the beginning until December. However, he has started the past three games, and managed to score in the 2-2 draw with Sassuolo a week ago. More to come.

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid): It hasn't been an easy return to Atletico for the France World Cup winner as he was initially booed by the fans who are still upset at the manner he departed to club in 2019. Griezmann scored the first goal in his second spell with the club in a Champions League comeback win versus Milan and followed that up with two in the next match against Liverpool. It took until late October for him to score his first La Liga goal, but he's found some form since then. Overall, Griezmann has scored three goals and assisted two in 16 league games, while impressing in Europe with four goals and one assist in five group stage games.

Miralem Pjanic (Besiktas): Pjanic has struggled with injuries in Turkey, missing six games on the side-lines. But, when he's played he's been good, recording four assists in 12 games in all competitions.