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Ronald Koeman sees Ansu Fati as a ‘number 9’

The new coach might change things up with Barcelona’s jewel.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Barcelona’s priority in the ongoing summer transfer window is still to sign a new striker but it seems they already have the perfect one. According to some recent reports, Ronald Koeman sees Ansu Fati as a ‘number 9‘ rather than a winger.

The new coach has been ‘scouting‘ the youngster during Spain’s clash with Germany and was seemingly impressed. Not only that but he firmly believes Fati has all the ingredients to be an effective striker.

And besides, Barça have both Ousmane Dembélé and Francisco Trincão for the wing positions so this could definitely be an option. Koeman sees Fati as a number 9 because he scores many goals and is as lethal as they come.

Of course, the youngster has been brilliant whenever he was on the pitch and this change could guarantee him more minutes on the pitch. And yes, Barcelona will likely sign a new striker anyway but being so versatile is bound to come in handy.

Fati has also made his big debut with Spain just recently and his coach was watching both him and a couple of other players closely. The new season is close and he has to be ready.

Either way, Fati is bound to be a key member of the new coach. But will he be played as a winger or as a striker? That remains to be seen.

Wherever it is, though, he will surely impress. We’re all counting on him to do exactly that. And with Lionel Messi also staying at the club, there’s lots to look forward to.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Koeman only has two options for the centre-back position against Juventus

Alexandre Patanian

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After losing against Real Madrid, Ronald Koeman has yet another tough fixture to his rough start in Catalunya. In the second Champions League game of his tenure, Koeman faces Juventus in what seems like a battle of two struggling coaches. On the one hand, Andrea Pirlo is winless in his last three league games as Koeman is.

Moreover, Pirlo is missing three centre-backs, with Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt out for the Wednesday clash. Still, Koeman isn’t any luckier since Gerard Piqué is out because of the red card he got against Ferencvaros. Without the “President” in defence, the Dutchman will have to compose with Ronald Araujo and Clément Lenglet. The pair are two brilliant centre-backs who haven’t played alongside each other much, however.

This fixture is the hardest in the group for the Catalans as they face the toughest opponent away from home, a recurrent problem for the Culés in European competitions. Also, if something happens to Araujo or Lenglet, the backup defender is Oscar Mingueza. The youngster was included along with four other Barça B players in the UCL squad. This test will be interesting to see, and Koeman has to win his first big game with Barcelona.

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