Ronald Koeman, during a training of the FC Barcelona


Koeman takes out his board again: Who will replace Griezmann at Barça?

Published:3/09/2021 - 18:50h

Updated:3/09/2021 - 22:14h

The trainer of the Barça, Ronald Koeman, has a lot of work by in front to decide who will be the natural replacement of Antoine Griezmann in the eleven headline culé

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The exit of Antoine Griezmann of the FC Barcelona was an entirely economic subject that it can prejudice to the blaugrana to sportive level. It is very true that the French never showed the level that was supported by the Athletic of Madrid and the selection of France, besides that left the feeling that it never fit in the Barcelona approach, but yes was a decisive player in a lot of moments of the past season, even being to the shadow of Lionel Messi. In fact, both finished the course in way 'partners' and delivered between himself several assistances.

The 'Principito' is a player to the that no can him accuse that it does not work and that does not give the one hundred percent in the field, but yes expected more. In any case, the Barça is losing to a footballer that gave 20 goals the past season and that appeared in nights very key for 'give him' victories to the culés. To his time, always highlighted his defensive work and associations with the midfield players, that improved the attack. In this new Barça there was not despegado or adapted, neither much less had assumed the role of leader that had to assume, but judge it with alone three days would be unfair.

In definite, Ronald Koeman has lost to a player that was fixed headline in the forward and now has to find the formula so that the offensive keep on being effective and have players of quality. For the moment, with the exert that it is showing, Memphis Depay aims to be an indisputable headline for the Barcelona and will direct the offensive, but... Who will accompany him or by where will play now that it is not 'Grizzi'? Something in what, definitively, is working the Dutch trainer.

The natural option is that Ousmane Dembélé replace to Griezmann in the right band and Memphis Depay follow playing by the left, but is not a functional plan in the short term and that, in reality, could finish cuajando to final of year. The French is recovering of an injury that suffered during the Eurocopa and will be drop, like minimum, until principles of November. Knowing his antecedents, is little likely that Koeman bet by him like titling immediately, but it will strengthen in the field little by little.

In this point is in which the Dutch takes out his blackboard and studies the options that are not the ideal, but that also can work. Now that Ansu Fati is very near to receive the high medical, outlines like another of the options to win minutes like titling, although it will be also little by little not to risk it.

Like this, it remains the option that Martin Braithwaite occupy the right band. The Danish forward, although it is not his main position neither ideal, can occupy this demarcation, to the equal that Memphis Depay. Both have been fixed in the beginning of the season and will be the first in which Koeman will trust the position.

Incógnitas Of Koeman

Although it is less likely, Demir outlines like another of the options that has the one of Zaadam for the forward. The Austrian has the confidence of the trainer and when it has played with the first team, his talent and 'shine' in the terrain of game has not happened unobserved for anybody. It is a big bet of the Barcelona and, of safe, will be able to see minutes like titling 'replacing' to Griezmann in the field.

Nevertheless, the big incógnita of Koeman is Philippe Coutinho, the one who is totally recovered of his physical ailments and can be headline, although it is not a player that has generated a lot of confidence. In the current diagram of the Barça, the 4-3-3, can go by the left or more retarded extreme, in the natural position of Pedri González in the medullary, but is little likely that the technician do without his big star.

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Koeman Will have to find solutions very soon, because the weekend that comes will have his big proof in front of the Seville and are forced to mark to keep in the first positions of the domestic championship in the beginning of the season. Considering the previous, the safest is that it bet by Braithwaite by the right and Memphis in the left... And who in the centre?

The last signing of the Barça, Luuk of Jong, has not premièred in this season and drags physical problems of the Eurocopa. Will have very little time to train , but has the compelta confidence of his trainer and also of Memphis, with the one who already coincided in the selection of Low Countries and also in the PSV.

Other options

As 'plan of emergency', Koeman has the alternative to change of drawing and revolutionise to the team with a 4-4-2, with which finished playing the Barça in front of the Getafe, renouncing to a forward and adding to a midfield player. The 3-5-2, that so much served for 'revolutionise' to the culés in the beginning of the 2021, also presents like an alternative.

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