Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is CAN DEMBELE CAUSE IMPACT IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE? We all know that Ousmane Dembele is back in training. He is showing positive signs of returning to the pitch for us. Furthermore, the fans are also waiting desperately to see him play again. Dembele got injured back in February and since then, Barca fans are waiting for his return. It is now time that we might get to see him in action. However, there is a lot to talk about him before we jump to any conclusions. Let’s get started with it.
Dembele is expected to represent us in the upcoming Champions League games. However, he is still not back to full fitness yet. Our game against Napoli is after 8 days now and it is less likely that Dembele is going to be a part of the starting lineup. It is obvious as well because you can never add the player to the starting lineup when he is coming back after such a long break. However, Dembele is likely to feature in that game for around 10-15 minutes. I think those 10-15 minutes are going to mean a lot to him.
Furthermore, his performance in that time is going to either shut or give haters more to talk about. I am hopeful for a positive return and I think Dembele can be like a wild card to this FC Barcelona team. His addition to the team really elevates our attack and it can take our attacking game to the next level. Dembele is a unique player who is still to reach his full potential yet at FC Barcelona. If Dembele is finally fit and shows that he can play long term than this is also going to help the club financially.
CAN DEMBELE CAUSE IMPACT IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?
HOW CAN DEMBELE SAVE BARCELONA MONEY?
If you have made it this far in this article, then you have surely read my last line of the previous paragraph. I said that Dembele’s long term fitness can save Barcelona some money. Now you might be thinking how is it even possible, right? The first thing coming into your mind might be that the club still has to pay his salary. Then how is the club saving money? I’ll explain it. We know that we have a couple of priorities this summer including our attack.
We need to strengthen our attack as well as our defense. Barcelona has a fragile defense and ineffective attack despite the big names playing in the final third. Dembele can help Barcelona by not buying any other or only one attacking player instead of two or three. Yes, this can also mean that Neymar’s transfer to Barcelona can be delayed. However, the major concern of the club right now is saving money and not worrying about Neymar. I think Dembele can provide a similar sort of impact like Neymar can. Dembele is still not as good, but he can be.
If Dembele cements himself as a regular starter on the Left Wing, then the club can look for a strong number 9. Luis Suarez is out of fitness and does not look really effective. I think Griezmann needs to stay and play over there but Barcelona looks keen to sell him as well. However, I also think that Dembele and Griezmann can make up a good attacking duo considering that they both are teammates in the France International Team. The club can then focus on other areas especially defense and maybe a full back to replace Jordi Alba.
SETIEN ON DEMBELE
Setien has been a huge admirer for Dembele for a long time. He said that he believes in him and he has always been positive about him. Setien appreciated his talent and ability on several occasions. He also believes that the French winger can contribute a lot to the team. You cannot disagree with Quique Setien over here. Dembele is still 23 years of age and has a lot of footballing years ahead of him. He has spent 3 years in Barcelona and he still has not reached his full potential yet. However, that does not mean he’s declined.
Dembele can be a great asset to any team and I think Barcelona should remain patient with him. Any player can go through a bad spell and Dembele is no exception. I think the club’s patience with him can reward them a lot in the future. Setien believes that Dembele is going to be like a new signing for the team. I also believe that if Setien plays his cards right and Dembele focuses a lot on not being injured again, he can be just like a wild card entry. I think Dembele has a very unique style of play.
Barcelona can benefit a lot from his style of play. He is a dribbler which many players except Messi are not. Furthermore, he has a lot of creativity and great vision in the final third. He is blessed with an enormous pace. His close ball control alongside sheer pace makes him a nightmare for the deadliest defenses in Europe. Furthermore, he has spent 3 years at the club and he understands the mentality to get through tough games. Every game for Barcelona is going to be tough from now on and Barcelona can benefit a lot from him. Let’s see what happens.
Anyway, guys, this is it from our side. I think Barcelona can benefit a lot if Dembele actually returns to the Champions League games with full fitness. A fully fit Dembele is a huge threat to every team Barcelona might face. Therefore, the club must pay close attention to get him back on the field as soon as possible. He is indeed going to get very little playing time against Napoli. However, that must be enough to give him confidence if Barcelona advances to the semi-final.
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