A WILDCARD FOR SETIÉN
The role that Martin Braithwaite will play in Barça
Published:19/02/2020 - 19:43h
Updated:20/02/2020 - 01:01h
After several weeks of waiting, this Wednesday FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Braithwaite, who will serve as the fourth striker in the culé team
The injury of Luis Suarez (four months off) was a serious setback for Quique Setién's plans at FC Barcelona, but that of Ousmane Dembélé (six months KO) left the culé attack in the box, with hardly any resources. With Antoine Griezmann and Leo Messi as the only attackers and Ansu Fati enshrined in the first team, the squad required some reinforcement and more considering that the system will be a 4-3-3.
Naturally, the possibility of signing only covered national competitions. Thus, Martin Braithwaite, who was finally the one chosen by FC Barcelona, will only be available to play in the remaining 14 LaLiga Santander matches and in no case can participate in the Champions League matches, the competition that most seduces Barcelona .
Under the circumstances, the role of the Danish battering player will be that of FC Barcelona's fourth quarter, always after those already named Leo Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati. Braithwaite will be used both to give rest to the theoretical offensive trident holder to revolutionize a game from the bench in a role similar to Arturo Vidal.
The former 'cucumber' precisely will also prevent Setién from having to do experiments like the one the Cantabrian recently did at Benito Villamarín, betting precisely on Vidal himself as a false center forward. Braithwaite can play both in the position of '9' and in the bands, so it becomes an ideal revulsive to replace any of the holders.
A medium profile signing
Last January, FC Barcelona needed a center forward but it was clear that a new 'Boateng case' would not be repeated. That is, if the Catalans could not tie a contrasted scorer, they would not finally invest in any soccer player so that the disastrous operation that took place with the transfer of the German-Ghanaian was not repeated.
Finally, the needs because of the injury of Ousmane Dembélé have made the club azulgrana thaya rectified and has thrown down a road that he did not want to go through a few weeks ago. Braithwaite is a medium-profile player, prominent in a team in the low zone such as Leganés but a melon to open in terms of his adaptation to a club as demanding as Barça.