Ronald Koeman was given an incredibly difficult task upon his appointment. Steadying such a rocky ship that is Barcelona at the moment is much easier said than done and for that reason, he should be given time.
However, time is exactly what he might not have if recent reports from Gerard Romero are to be believed. The reliable journalist did an interview with RAC1, discussing all things Barcelona and touching upon the leadership of the club in the coming years.
He believes that if Koeman fails to bring any silverware back to the Camp Nou, Xavi Hernández will replace him as head coach next season. Of course, the rumours of the ex-Barcelona captain returning back home are not exactly new.
In fact, it does only feel like a matter of time before Xavi does exactly that. However, it also puts a lot of pressure on Koeman to make something happen in a campaign that many have described as transitional at best.
With the huge squad rebuild on the way and now with Josep Maria Bartomeu officially gone, Barcelona are as unstable as they can be in a given moment.
It all depends, however, on the new board, which should be appointed within the following three months. By January 2021, the Catalans will have a new president and that’s also when these kinds of decisions will be made.
If Koeman fails in 2020/21, he might not even last long enough to get a second chance.
Dembélé is expected to start against Ferencváros after impressive Osasuna display
Ronald Koeman is well aware of the limitations concerning Ousmane Dembélé. The Frenchman is an incredible asset and a highly talented player. However, he is also injury prone and Barcelona can’t afford to use him relentlessly.
For that reason, the young winger has been on the bench for the last couple of games despite performing on a regularly high level whenever chosen to play. According to a new report from SPORT, however, Dembélé is expected to start Barcelona’s upcoming Champions League clash against Ferencváros.
This is a direct result of another encouraging performance just the other night against Osasuna. The Frenchman came off the bench and even scored a great goal before it was ruled offside. We’ve also seen him play at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium against Atlético Madrid but back then, he sprained his shoulder so Koeman had to be extra careful going into the next games.
But the main thing is that Dembélé is still very much an important part of the squad and offers a unique profile to the coach. For that reason, and seeing how he’s once again 100% fit, everything indicates he’ll be back in the gala XI on Wednesday, as SPORT suggest.
This, needless to say, is a rather encouraging sign for a player who was so close to leaving the club during the summer transfer window.
Long may it continue!