Yes, Ronald Koeman would have needed Luis Suarez
FC Barcelona has no number 9 guarantees. Antoine Griezmann has certainly chained satisfactory performances in recent weeks, but he is not a top player, at least not a player to be placed alone in front. Similar scenario for Dembélé, who is only a winger by trade. As for Martin Braitwhaite. In the area, the Uruguayan is light years ahead of all Barcelona attacking players. We can imagine that if Luis Suarez had managed to explode the counters at times when Barça was stranded, he would be enjoying himself at the moment, scoring a significant number of goals that would perhaps even have allowed the Barcelona to find themselves in head of La Liga …
And we know, Luis Suarez is very close to Lionel Messi. First on the ground, where the two men had a special relationship. If the Argentinian has also managed to bond with the other players mentioned above, nothing (yet) beats the understanding that the players of Albiceleste and Celeste had in the last meters. A lethal duo who, even when the team was not performing well, managed to grab points by shovel on a stroke of genius. As for the future of number 10, we know that the degrading treatment, according to him, inflicted on his friend pushed him to want to leave last summer. If he was still at the club, it would logically perhaps push him to extend more easily.
With his 19 La Liga goals so far, it can be said, El Pistolero is one of the main architects of the Rojiblancos’ first place. It’s basic as a reasoning, but we can say it without trembling of the chin: if FC Barcelona had not let go of its former number 9 to the Colchoneros, for a ridiculous amount moreover, the Cholo Simeone team would probably not be not in front of the Catalan team. Even if it meant parting with it, a transfer abroad would have been more judicious …
No, Luis Suarez would not have been useful for the Blaugranas
Even if his line of statistics for the Uruguayan remains stunning, his contribution to the game is rather poor. Perhaps even worse than at the end of his Catalan adventure, where he was already suffering from a lot of criticism on the subject. In this new device from Ronald Koeman where the offensive players want to be more mobile, like a Dembélé aligned at the tip and who is asked to take depth regularly, difficult to imagine being efficient. Physically, he is clearly much less in shape than before, and there is no doubt that he would have continued to annoy more than one in Barcelona, even in the event of an interesting statistical sheet.
In addition, his presence in front would have logically prevented the progression of some players. In this Barça which plays without a fixed point of support in front, many of them have increased their level of performance. Jordi Alba, Ousmane Dembélé, Frenkie de Jong or even Antoine Griezmann, partly helped by this new 3-5-2, are much better than before. With Luis Suarez still present, various factors would probably have prevented them from taking this step: a place taken automatically in front, a player who swallows the balloons (those coming from Messi in particular), a less fluid offensive animation and many others. again.
In addition to this sporting cycle which seemed to be over, there are other elements to take into account. The Uruguayan’s salary was unbearable for the current finances of FC Barcelona, which would have been even more in difficulty if the principal concerned had remained. With emoluments around 15 million euros net per season, he was the second highest paid player in the workforce, all while being in the downward phase of his career. His departure was also seen as the symbol of a half-revolution in the workforce, which should be completed this summer with other departures of players present in the workforce for (too?) A long time.