After Barcelona’s surprise 2-1 defeat to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, question marks have been raised concerning selection by Luis Enrique.
Samuel Umtiti’s absence was duly felt by the visiting side and Barca paid the price by failing to put more pressure on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
And, according to the WhoScored.com graphic below, Umtiti’s presence has been a surety of success for Barcelona and a guarantee of a league win for the team.
Barcelona have won all 15 games in which the 23-year-old has been named in the starting line-up.
In truth, the solidity Umtiti has had to offer is unrivalled in the Catalan squad.
And maybe now, we might see more of him, now that Barcelona has realised his worth, the hard way.
GRAPHIC: Barcelona with and without Samuel Umtiti starting in La Liga this season pic.twitter.com/mu01mpNSwR— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 13, 2017