- Sep 25, 2012
Bojan was tried out, an academy product that was given room to develop (like I want) and eventually given a season as one of their main options before eventually being moved on for not being good enough.Disagree.
Your post only serves to back up the issues to be faced when trying to maintain 4 players in 3 positions.
"It is clear that I am having a tough time to find a place in the team at the moment. I have had few chances to play this season. - Pedro
"I do not understand why my status [within the team] changes this suddenly because I thought I was doing well. This is difficult to swallow.
"Sometimes, Ronaldinho was on the bench and Bojan starts. You can imagine, eh? Not easy. It became very difficult. He wasn't welcomed in by everyone.
"[Pep] Guardiola didn't give him continuity. In the Copa del Rey, Bojan was the top goalscorer for Pep.
"In La Liga, he could score one or two goals, but then not play again for weeks. It is very curious.
"In the title run-in in 2010, he kept [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic on the bench. Bojan played, scoring at Sevilla and Tenerife, and they were decisive goals. Then, when the season ended, they signed David Villa."
The 26-year-old currently cannot get into Barca’s starting XI because Ernesto Valverde has decided he isn’t suitable for the midfield three, with Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez the starting forwards.
There are reports this season of both Griezmann and Dembele are unhappy.
I'd argue Barca's success has more to do with have the best player in the world for the last decade and the rest of the team packed with talent, than because they use a 4th forward.
As good as we are at recruitment and planning, that doesn't make it any easier to keep 4 people happy in 3 positions, unless you are signing Minamino types instead of the Sancho's of this world.
Gudjohnsen spent 3 years there as 4th choice, he eventually left but he was a decent 4th choice although he was always a clear 4th choice who never got close to challenging those higher than him in the pecking order. Nothing wrong with that. Do you think Origi will be happy to stay in the same role for longer than that?
Pedro was there for 7 years and only got up to 3rd choice for one season, its exactly the kind of thing we would want. Good enough for there not to be a huge drop off when called upon, sometimes (maybe with a little help from local-club developed bias) seen as really good enough to challenge the other 3 especially Sanchez. Absolutely no problem if we had a Pedro level player here for the next 7 years challenging to be 3rd choice but usually 4th choice forward. Lot of revisionism about how good he was or wasn't as it hasn't really worked out very well at Chelsea but he was really good at Barca a stable (back then) club that played football that matched him well.
Dembele, Griezmann, Coutinho are all part of this decline caused by knee jerk reaction panic buying. Results of their poor recruitment decisions and lack of long term planning. They never thought out succession plans for Messi and Suarez and ended up needing to make one for Neymar out of sticky back plastic and making tape.... bought at harrods for 3 times the price. Just so they could reassure their fans they'd bought nice new shiny toys to replace the one they hadn't meant to lose.
That Neymar deal is what has ultimately fucked them up. They haven't got their shit together since and there doesn't appear to be much joined up thinking over there anymore. But before that they were legitimately where we want to be. What they weren't winning they were competing for (usually as favourites), world famous for playing good football and still developing their own talent from their academy.