Thomas being a Belgian defender has proven his importance several times. The crucial title race of La Liga that occurred at the beginning of the year showcased him in an important role for Ernesto Valverde’s side. The move definitely surprised Barcelona since the last few years he has only been able to participate in a few matches, being succumbed by injuries for which he had to take several months off the field to heal and get back in the sporting spirit.

His luck has changed, however since the end of November 2017. The Belgian has been able to play in every match lined up for La Liga leadership since 26th November. The run of matches has been several since then, including six matches of the league, taking place in the Copa Del Rey as well as in the Champions League. Vermaelen has played about 11 matches in total for the season-ending 2017-18.

Vermaelen has also experienced luck on his side for some time. With the Anoeta game played for Barca, he would have equaled the number of games he played for AS Roma in 2016-17. Gerard Pique’ was suspended in the Leganes match while Javier also was injured in the game in Argentina. By Samuel left to play the center half, Vermaelen was given the chance to partner with Samuel.

The coach also encouraged the club to retain their faith in Thomas rather than looking into the transfer market for another player. Vermaelen also became available for the Barcelona B team in the month of October. Hence, by the end of the year, he had gained an important position in the team that was set up for gaining a leadership position in LaLiga.

Thomas is a left-footed player, is known for his leadership skills, quickness in moving the ball with his feet as well as being able to score goals as a defender.

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