Which Barcelona players have been positively affected by Neymar's departure?
Neymar has been grabbing the headlines since his record transfer to PSG for all the good and bad reasons. When a world-class player like him leaves a club, it is hard to replace him. There is immense pressure on any player who would try to fill in the vacant spot, but Barcelona certainly don't seem to be struggling without the Brazilian.
Call it the manager's tactics or a squad with better team spirit. But, sitting on top of the league with a winning streak of 6 games and a goal tally of 20, Barcelona don't seem unstable even after their deadly strike force was broken.
Although some would say that Neymar's transfer is a loss for Barcelona, it has surely had some positive effects on fellow players in the squad.
Here's a quick look at who all have been positively affected by the mega transfer.
5) Denis Suarez
Of course, this guy has made the most of the opportunities given to him. Rising through the ranks, Denis is quite young and fits in the Barcelona style of play perfectly. He is known for his dribbling and intricate passing.
He has scored 2 goals and assisted 2 more in just 6 games in the league so far. Neymar's transfer meant a vacant first-team spot on the left wing, and this guy surely deserves the playtime he's getting.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has shown trust in him and he has made the most of it. After being the super sub against Getafe and scoring the equaliser, Suarez has essentially validated that trust.
Despite a couple of offers from big European clubs for him this summer, he decided to stay, considering Barcelona his home and it looks like he made the right call
This may be Denis Suarez's breakthrough year.