Lionel Messi, who has faced sometimes unjustified criticism in the past years, Messi, who has long been associated with a strong decline in the game, scored 38 goals and 14 assists in 47 matches in his last season for Barça! Luis Suarez, who was not needed by Ronald Koeman, scored 21 goals and made 12 assists in 36 games last season for the Catalans. From the striker, the Blaugrans will always expect a scoring extravaganza, performance for two attackers.
Yes, Depay came to Barça as a free agent. Yes, Memphis helped the club during the crisis and scored important goals. If not for the injury, the statistics would clearly have been better. But if we were talking about the conditional “Seville” or “Atletico”, these factors would have influenced in favor of the reinforced concrete decision to keep the player in the squad. In the case of Barcelona, which, even against the backdrop of devastation, will be treated as a contender for the Champions League final and La Liga champions, these factors are rather weak. And the fact that Depay signed with the desire of his compatriot Koeman, who worked with the player in the national team, gives the situation understandable skepticism under the current coach Xavi, who adheres to a different coaching idea in almost all components.
Blaugrana seems to be on the mend. Xavi brings the team back to its former self. Will the team cope with the tasks next season with Aubameyang, Depay and Torres in attack? Dembele appears to be leaving. And it’s hard to talk about Ansu Fati because of his health problems. Adama Traore, Braithwaite and Luc de Jong are not considered for various and understandable reasons. And the answer will be quite realistic and pessimistic – even with the frantic performance of Pierre-Emerick and Memphis, it will not be enough for everyone and somehow not as we would like. And the management of the club, and the coaches, and even more so the fans.
However, another question immediately arises – who, if not Lewandowski? Laporta has already indicated that the club will not spend large sums. Priority, of course, on free agents or players with expiring contracts. According to the latest rumors, the Catalans are interested in Marcus Rashford (Man United), Darwin Nunez (Benfica) and Lautaro Martinez (Inter). In terms of the level of play in Barca, of course, I want to send Lautaro, but we remember Laporta. Nunes is young and expensive, with a long-term contract. Selling Depay and taking Rashford, who has passed, is a Darwin award idea, but not Nunez. Signing a conditional or real Edinson Cavani will also look like a two-way decision.