ANALYSIS OF ALL FORWARDS
The 1x1 of the Barça forwards since the arrival of Xavi
Published:28/01/2022 - 11:38h
Updated:28/01/2022 - 11:38h
The FC Barcelona follows 'sinning' by his lack of goal, but it is not because it does not have effective. In our analysis of the Barça squad since the arrival of Xavi Hernández to the culé bench, we break down the performance of the strikers in recent months
The FC Barcelona has lived a peculiar (and unexpected) battle with the goal in this season. It happened with Ronald Koeman and has repeated in the first months of Xavi Hernández on the bench. The exit of goleadores like Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann have 'struck' to the team strongly, being unable to recover although they are not short of effective, all the contrary. To day of today, without taking into consideration the injuries or contractual problems, the Barça has nine players for the attack.
It is true, in any case, that some have been victims of injuries on a long-term basis (Martin Braithwaite or Ansu Fati) and that the Covid-19 also punished the Barcelona forward. However, the figures are worrisome. In thirteen parties with the trainer from Egarense in the bench, the Barça has only marked 19 goals, a very move # away register to the ones of previous years. In three opportunities, besides, have remained without marking. That's why in 'FCBN' consider timely to analyze the performance of the Barcelona forwards with Xavi, as already we did it with the goalkeepers, defenses and midfield players culés.
The Dutch striker landed in Barcelona as one of the great hopes for Barça and his start to the season, under Koeman's orders, invited optimism. However, his level was declining and in his last appearances he has attracted more attention for 'disappearing' than for being key to the team. His physical problems have also worked against him, but he is surprised that since Xavi's arrival he has scored two goals (Espanyol and Villarreal) and his role is much discussed. In fact, the coach took away the title of undisputed starter, so he will have to improve too much to avoid ending the season watching the games from the bench.
Without considering his contractual situation and all the trouble for his renewal or departure, the French attacker has two faces at Barça. He is a player who, as soon as he recovered from his physical ailments, Xavi began to use him as an 'indisputable player', because he provides the speed, overflow and daring that he needs, but this, on occasions, goes through lack of control. Dembélé can be important (he has shown it in most of the matches) to 'unclog' the forward due to how unpredictable he is, but with limits. He registers a goal and two assists, but aims to spend the rest of the season in the stands ... or leave Barça.
Luuk de Jong
The arrival of Xavi has benefited to Luuk of Jong in this 2022, sorpresivamente. The tulip, that happened on tiptoe in the past year, has been determinant in this stretch and of there that, whenever it has been available, has played. It is the maximum goleador of the Barça from the arrival of the of Terrassa (3) and has showed that with his aerial game can be important for the Barcelona for desatascar the parties (happened in Mallorca, Granada and even against the Real Madrid). It changed the relate and won a place practically fix in the team. With him yes that applies the meritocracia.
The canterano is still in his particular ordeal with the injuries and Xavi only has been able to include it in his plans in two opportunities: In front of the Real Madrid and Athletic of Bilbao, when it fell lesionado again. However, it is a player that has an impressive idyll with the goal and that, to be well physically, can be important. Marcó in his 'debut' against the White House to force the extention, something that speaks of the determinant that can be for the team... If the injuries allow it. The '10' does not weigh him, at all, and aims to be the big leader of the Barça.
The Valencian is in his process of adaptation in the picture culé, but the feelings that has left to date are very good. It marked against the Athletic and assisted in front of the Alavés. It goes of to little and in moments seems desconectarse of the game, but has a lot of margin of improvement. It is necessary that of a step at the front and assume golones in the forward; something that probably happen when it was more settled in the team.
Hardly it has been able to play. In this month of January recovered of an injury of long term and has had opportunities to account drops. It will have to go back to his best level to win a place in the diagram of Xavi, put could show little (or at all) in the twelve minutes that contested in Saint Mamés. To measure that it go recovering, will be able to have more opportunities, but now the competition will be maximum.
The forward of the filial 'debuted' with the first team in the friendly against the Mouth Juniors, on 14 December, and his performance sufficed so that Xavi decided to have he since. Jutglà Is a player that, if has opportunities and continuity, can become importantísimo for the team. It sacrifices by the team, opens spaces, litigates with the rival defences and also has goal. To date, it has marked in two opportunities, against the Elche and Linares, this last to concretise the traced back in Glass of Rey. However, now that Xavi has available to almost all his effective... Will have the same quantity of minutes?
The question with Jutglà is the same that it is necessary to do with the Moroccan Ez Abde, quien left 'bounced' to his selection in the Glass of Africa to play with the Barça. From his irruption has showed to be a footballer with a lot of desborde, speed and able of desequilibrar to the rival defences. A player that 'work' a lot in the party, but that also needs continuity. It has marked in an opportunity, against the Osasuna, in the tie 2-2.
The one of Hostalets of Pierola has been with which less has explained Xavi for the forward from his arrival. It played 45 minutes against the Espanyol and 80 in front of the Mallorca. Recently it annotated a goal with the filial to call to the door of the first team, peror results complicated that it play when now the competition in the right extreme is maximum. In any case, has stood out by his big speed and capacity of desborde. Still it does not have 'wetted' with Barcelona picture.