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Ansu, Luuk and Ferran: Xavi's trident until the 'Dembélé case' is resolved

Published:16/01/2022 - 23:46h

Updated:17/01/2022 - 07:07h

FC Barcelona faces a second stretch of the season with many urgencies and the goal of 'reversing' a worrying start to the season. Xavi needs his best players and up front there are many doubts: Who should make up the trident?

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In question of weeks, Xavi Hernández happened to have to experience and fish in the filial to be able to configure his forward, to have a 'overbooking' in the changing room with his attackers. They are nine in total, explaining to a discussed Ousmane Dembélé that it could remain in the terracing after deciding not renewing his agreement with the Barcelona. The technician egarense has to choose to the three footballers that can serve of antidote to the worrisome fault of goal of the team and, for the moment, a lot of doubts.

Waiting for that Martin Braithwaite receive the high doctor after, the Barça has eight forwards disponilbes to face the second stretch of the season: Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati, Dembélé (with his asterisk), Memphis Depay and Luuk of Jong, of the first team, as well as the canteranos Ferran Jutglà or Ez Abde, in addition to Ilias Akhomach.

For the moment, desconoce if Dembélé will follow playing or no with the Barça. Of agreement to the information of the journalist Gerard Romero, the one who gave the scoop of the decision of the 'Mosquito', one of the three steps that will follow the Barcelona group will be "to communicate to the player that will not go back to play with the Barça", something that 'contradict' to the message that gave Xavi does a month and half: "If [Dembélé] has agreement, has to play. Also by image of the own club. I do not contemplate this option [to send it to the terracing]".

In this sense, the absence of Dembélé opens the debate to configure the trident. For Xavi, the meritocracia will prevail above all else. Those that better train and afterwards show his performance in the field will be who will play, but can have surprises. With the three goals in three parties that has annotated Luuk of Jong, Xavi asked after the Barça-Madrid: "How I go it to remove with what is not contributing?", by what seems logical that, from now and until the situation 'change', the Dutch will keep on being to title with the Barcelona. In theory, would have to accompany him by the extreme Ansu Fati and the new signing, Ferran Torres.

Ansu-Luuk-Ferran is, in theory, the trident that will go out for the party against the Athletic Club of the next 20 January. The three played against the Real Madrid and, in the case of the canterano and the Dutch, closed his participations with goal, both important, to equalise the 0-1 of Vinícius and the 1-2 of Benzema. Luuk Is being the big novelty of this 2022 and can steal him, unexpectedly, the place to his compatriot Memphis Depay.

Precisely the ex of the Lyon seems to be a player that will go in in a lot of rotation. It keeps on being the maximum goleador the team, with eight so many in League, but from his return has come to less and has been almost unobserved. It is unlikely that go to contest the quantity of minutes that had before and, of some way, will have to 'accustom' to the bench but improves his performances and goes back to be key, as it happened in the beginning of this season.

Variations in the trident

The Dutch can play as leading centre, but also rotar in the left extreme with an Ansu Fati that aims, if the injuries allow it, to be a 'fixed' in the forward. It does not be necessary to forget, neither of Abde or Jutglà, two players that have surprised and helped to the team when more needed . Both aim to act of revulsivos and will work to be able to desatascar the parties, in case that it was necessary. It is true that his progression will see 'truncated' and that, probably, will begin to contest again more split with the Barça B.

In the hypothetical case (and unexpected) that Dembélé himself go to play although it will not renew, the French would split in the right extreme and would displace to Ferran Torres to the centre of the offensive, where has played an importantísima quantity of parties, so much with the Manchester City as with 'The Red'. In fact, in his moment informed that the intention of Xavi with the signing of Ferran was to give back to the Barça the figure of 'false 9'.

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