5 wingers that Barcelona should be looking at for next season
And so it came to pass that FC Barcelona mathematically won the La Liga title for the seventh time in 10 years after a hard-fought 4-2 win over a resilient but now relegated Deportivo La Coruna side.
This title win is made even sweeter when viewed against the backdrop of the troubles that had enveloped the team at the beginning of the season with fans openly calling for the resignation of club president Josep Bartomeu and his board members especially over the soap opera that was the Neymar transfer saga.
The Barca attack has become too dependant on Lionel Messi and has lacked vigour and pace as Luis Suarez has been a shadow of himself while youngster Ousmane Dembélé has impressed in fits and starts.
Too many times this season, the frontline has looked slow and cumbersome and too often, the team has had to rely on Messi’s brilliance to bail them out. On the occasions where the Argentine legend has not been up to the task, Barca have failed (the 2nd leg UCL quarter-final against AS Roma a case in point).
Younger, faster wingers to help speed up the play and stretch opposing defences will be needed next season. Given the club’s need to reduce spending and the wage bill, players who could cost up to a €100m+ like Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Kylian Mbappe (PSG) and others may not be valid options.
Here are five talented wing wizards that the Blaugrana should be looking at:
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#5 Richarlison (Watford)
Playing in his first season in European football following a £11.5m move to the Premier League side from Brazilian club Fluminense, the 20-year-old has shown that with the right coaching and in the right environment, he can thrive and do more.
His pace, strength, elusiveness, and skills bamboozled the league in the first half of the season as defences couldn’t cope with him in the early, heady days of Marco Silva at Vicarage Road.
Like the rest of his teammates, he has faded badly as the season has gone on and has not contributed a goal or an assist in his last 15 Premier League matches.
Given the uncertain nature of teams with the Hornets, Richarlison should not be judged too harshly as he has shown enough talent to suggest that he could get even better at a place like Barcelona.
His pace and ability to be effective on either flank would offer Ernesto Valverde an outlet for stretching teams and with Messi and other creators like Phillipe Coutinho in the team, having a player like him could prove a masterstroke.
It is unclear how much he would go for but a bid of £40m might just do the trick.