The new season is just around the corner and Ronald Koeman has already made a huge decision. Ousmane Dembélé is set to be a key part of Barcelona heading into the 2020/21 campaign.
It might come as a surprise to some but this is actually the Frenchman’s fourth season in Catalonia. Of course, with all of his niggling injuries, we haven’t exactly seen much of him out on the pitch.
However, in this short span of time he’s spent with the team, Koeman has taken a good look at the young winger. And luckily, he likes what he’s seen. The new reports suggest that the gaffer has already decided that Dembélé will be a key part of Barcelona in the coming season.
He’s been training extremely well and seems to finally be fit. Of course, we’ve heard this before and it’s really important to take things slowly. But the player himself is adamant on finally proving a point.
It would be fairly easy for him to throw in the towel and admit defeat. But he does seem more motivated than ever to succeed at the Camp Nou.
Is this finally the ‘redemption season‘ the fans have been waiting for? It still remains to be seen but the early signs seem to be positive.
Step by step, Dembélé should be back and stronger than ever. And with him fit and firing on all cylinders, Barcelona will rise as well.
Report: Griezmann regrets joining Barcelona
According to a report published by leading French sports outlet L’Equipe, Antoine Griezmann is going through arguably the worst periods in his career, and regrets joining Barcelona.
The Frenchman was initially touted to join Barcelona in the summer of 2018, but winning the Europa League trophy with Atletico Madrid followed by the World Cup with France few months later convinced him otherwise.
However, a year later, against all odds, the Barcelona board went ahead with the move regardless, bringing Griezmann to the club, despite him disrespecting the club a year ago by making a documentary to announce his decision to stay at Atleti. The move cost Barça a behemoth €120 million, and made Griezmann the second-highest paid player at the club in the process.
In his first season with Barcelona, Griezmann registered nine goals and four assists – the lowest tally of his senior career since the 2011/12 season when he ended with seven goals and four assists for Real Sociedad as a 20-year-old. For the most part, this looked like a direct consequence of Ernesto Valverde fielding him as a winger.
But since then Griezmann has received several opportunities to play in his preferred second striker/attacking midfield position and looks quite underconfident regardless. The game against Getafe serves as the prime example of this as the 29-year-old scuffed a 1v1 chance against David Soria.
As it stands, the chances of Griezmann featuring at all look minimal as was displayed by Ronald Koeman’s lineups in the previous two games, where the World Cup winner featured for a grand total of eight minutes. Thankfully, he is still 29, in his prime, and can easily walk into any side that plays with a setup that uses a player like Griezmann, namely Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United, Chelsea, among others, so Barcelona should not have too much trouble selling him in the near future if need be.