Barcelona are still in full crisis mode. Not only are the results simply not going their way but they are facing far too many injuries this season as well. And when you take into account that the Catalans’ squad is extremely thin as it is, it spells nothing but doom and gloom.
Luckily, the January transfer window is just around the corner and this could throw a lifeline to Ronald Koeman and co. According to the new report from SPORT, the Dutch gaffer has already requested new signings to deal with the injury scare at the club.
The latest to join the unavailable players is none other than Ousmane Dembélé so the priority, alongside a defender of course, will also be a versatile forward. These two positions must absolutely be reinforced once the market opens and this is where Barcelona’s focus will lie.
However, as we already know, the money is also scarce so the choices may be limited unless some players are sold first.
Eric García is at the top of the list but SPORT say that if the youngster can’t come, Koeman would ideally go for an experienced option instead. As for the forward, Memphis Depay is still very much in the conversation but everything will depend on the availability, price and the new board’s final say in the matter.
An interesting month awaits the Azulgranas.
Ilaix Moriba speaks following his first screamer goal for Barcelona
Ilaix Moriba has scored his first goal for Barcelona in stunning fashion. The teenager came on as a substitute against Osasuna and linked up with Lionel Messi to get off the mark for the club.
After enjoying a wonderful time with the first team in this past month and a half, making his senior debut against Cornella in the Copa del Rey, the midfielder has gone from strength to strength. He made
Moriba replaced Sergio Busquets in the 67th minute for his fifth appearance of the season. In the final moments of the game, linked up with Lionel Messi, feinted onto his left foot before unleashing a fierce left footed shot into the top corner.
Ronald Koeman was full of praise for the youngster after his cameo against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey in midweek, and his faith in the Barça B youngster has once again paid major dividends.
The 18-year-old’s goal sealed an eighth away win of the league campaign for Barcelona, after Jordi Alba opened the scoring in the first half with a magnificent finish from a stellar lobbed through pass from Messi.
“I will never forget this moment until I die. This is where Ansu scored too. He is like a brother to me, he is from the family,” said Moriba in the post-match interview (via BarçaTV+).
Moriba added: “I want to dedicate this goal to my father and La Masia where I have learned a lot from.”
Barcelona grabbed all three points at El Sadar against a tough Osasuna side to move within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid. The Catalans will now be hoping that the Madrid derby tomorrow will help them close the gap at the top even further.
Ilaix is also confident that they still have a chance for the title: “La Liga isn’t over for us. We will fight till the end. That is the DNA they taught us at La Masia.”