This month has marked the long awaited end of Barcelona's 18 month transfer embargo. This means that summer signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal are finally ready to make their La Liga debuts for the Catalan club.
Luis Enrique told the Spanish press he is eager for the duo to get started:
"I am happy that they are almost ready to make their debut. They have been waiting for this moment for a long time. They will add something extra to the team that we need."
The pair made their official debut in the the Copa del Rey win against city-rivals Espanyol, and the pair showed that they give Barca a much-needed plan B. Arda Turan has La Liga experience under his belt having played 178 times for current league leaders Atheltico Madrid. The Turkish midfielder can play in the centre or right side of midfield as well as the right-wing.
Known for his supreme dribbling skills and unrivalled ball-control, the €34m signing slotted right into a Barcelona midfield trio of Turan, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. The new energy of Turan in the centre of gives Barcelona a much-needed area of diversity. One of the only criticism of Barca sides over the past few years is not being able to revert to a Plan B when losing or not playing well, Turan gives Barca this option as his ball control can directly dictate the pace of play. He has the ability to slow down a game and the ability to cut defences open with stunning through-balls.
The Turkish international is Turkey's 8th most capped player at the age of just 28 and on his 68 minute showing on Wednesday night will surely show Luis Enrique what a vital part Barca's new number 7 can play this season.
Aleix Vidal came on for Dani Alves on Wednesday night to make a short cameo in front of a sold-out Camp Nou. The 26-year-old winger signed from Sevilla in the summer for a fee of €17m. Dubbed as a versatile right-sided player Vidal usually frequents the right-wing with staggering pace and trickery, however Vidal has also performed at right-back if needed, which adds invaluable cover for Dani Alves.
Vidal has come up the ranks in Spanish football, starting at Espanyol's B team in the 4th tier of Spanish football he later moved to Mallorca's B team who played in the Segunda B Division. After impressing in the Balearics in a season that saw him score 6 times, he took another step up Almeria where he progressed from the third-tier into La Liga.
His determined progression up the divisions saw several top La Liga teams come snapping at the winger's heels, but he eventually signed for Sevilla in 2014 where he stayed for a year before signing for the Catalan giants Barcelona.
Luis Enrique commented on Vidal's versatility in Wednesday's post-match press conference:
"Left back isn't the most natural position for Aleix Vidal, but he could be used there in case of an emergency."
Despite costing over a combined €50m, Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal are two of Luis Enrique's most mature signings to date. Neither are players on the scale of Neymar, Messi or Suarez but both offer Barcelona a much needed back-up plan, as well as additional strength-in-depth.