14 Jul Antoine Griezmann into Barcelona: The way the Blaugrana will lineup with celebrity signing
annually later rejecting the Blaugrana to remain at Atletico Madrid, the flexible France forwards is on his way to Camp Nou – but where will he perform?
Before this summer, Barcelona legend Rivaldo was asked if he’d rather his former team get Neymar or Antoine Griezmann.
“Griezmann is a fantastic player but signing him could be a bet, as he has never played Barcelona or with [Lionel] Messi and [Luis] Suarez,” the Brazilian told Betfair.
“Obviously, if he succeeds to do such as at Atleti, he could be a fantastic improvement to the team.
“However, I’d prefer Neymar. He understands the club and likely chats with Suarez and Messi regularly.”
Obviously, there’s an outside chance that Barcelona will signal both Griezmann and Neymar.
The Frenchman’s belated arrival at Camp Nou has been verified and the Blaugrana stay open to the concept of resigning the Brazilian this summer today that PSG have verified that Neymar is available at the ideal cost.
The 27-year old would need to make a few concessions to make it happen, however.
Club sources have confirmed to Target the Brazil forward will need to have a substantial wage cut, issue a public apology for having departed for Paris Saint-Germain at first place and, crucially, shed his legal case against Barcelona for alleged outstanding bonuses.
It was seen just how dire the prodigal son would be to come back home.
What’s clear today, however, is that Barcelona have improved their attacking options with the accession of Griezmann, who’s nothing if not flexible.
Many enthusiasts and directors might nevertheless be mad with all the World Cup winner to the manner in which he rejected a move to Camp Nou past summer but the bitterest Blaugrana would need to concur with club legend Xavi which Griezmann is”a fantastic player”, recognized performer at the maximum level, one capable of excelling in a variety of positions.
Where does he perform Barcelona, however?
As it stands, Griezmann appears likely to slot to the left-hand facet of this assault from Ernesto Valverde’s favorite 4-3-3 formation (awarded Suarez remains very likely to lead the lineup, even in the time of 32, also Messi prefers to play with on the right).
The France international hasn’t played for quite a little while, needless to say, having been mostly deployed only behind a traditional centre-forward — generally north Costa or Alvaro Morata — in Atletico Madrid last year.
His change into a No. 10 function was also among the principal motives for his nation’s advancement during their Euro 2016 effort.
It might be well worth remembering, however, that Griezmann played with a substantial chunk of this early portion of his global career on the left flank; he is, after all, a pure left-footer.
But, Griezmann started to be mainly used on the side, thus enabling him to cut inside on his favored foot.
That’s Messi’s land at Barcelona, however.
Griezmann has admitted that needing to function as Argentine’s”lieutenant” had, possibly”subconsciously”, played a part in his decision to turn Barca down this past year, so let us hope he’s now eager to play second fiddle to the Catalans’ captain.
In case Messi needs to last on the appropriate, Griezmann will be very likely to need to contend with a place on the other wing. Unless, of course, Neymar also arrives at Catalunya summer time.
Afterward, we could observe an all-star attacking line-up, the sort of that is usually earmarked for FIFA video games, together with Neymar and Griezmann flanking Messi, who’d be tucked in supporting Suarez.
This type of mouth-watering prospect remains a very long way away, however. Really, it is well worth remembering that not only contains Neymar yet to signal, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have to leave — certainly a necessity if Barca are to balance the books to fulfill Financial Fair Play regulations?
Of both, Coutinho seems to maintain the perilous position. He’s been a constant disappointment because connecting from Liverpool in January 2018 as well as together with Griezmann today on plank, there’s less space to get a player like him attack.
Dembele, at least, provides speed — something Griezmann, Messi nor Suarez have in abundance.
Truly, if cash is raised from earnings elsewhere and Dembele is kept (though there’s speculation he could be utilized as part of their bargain to deliver Neymar back to Barca), he might hold on into his left handed berth, together with Griezmann requested to play an unorthodox centre-forward, altering positions at will along with his fellow Frenchman and Messi.
That might, of course, imply no room for its apparently slowing Suarez, that, for all of his enduring presents, is no more the force of character of seasons gone .
In that way, Barca could do with signing that a like-for-like replacement up front. However, using a dearth of top-class No.9s on that the current market, and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu having already totaled $120 million (#107m/$136m) into belatedly property Griezmann, with possibly more to trace on Neymar, which now looks like a distant prospect.
Valverde’s task will, so, be receiving the most out of Griezmann, Messi, Suarez and what other attackers are in Camp Nou if the new year kicks off.
Griezmann will surely add some thing to the Blaugrana.
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As midfielder Ivan Rakitic informed Mundo Deportivo before this summer,”He’s a top notch player, among the very best on the planet, and undoubtedly I’d like him to play my team.”
Where he’ll currently play because team is the sole remaining issue for Barca following a particularly bitter transfer saga.
Over for you, Ernesto…