Sign in to follow this Followers 4 Whom does FMM reckon as the best Barcelona acquisition Risheek August 10, 2017 20 replies 1,115 Views Report · Posted August 10, 2017 Whom does FMM reckon as the best Barcelona acquisition A £200 million transfer is not ordinary. Paris St Germain are rejoicing because they now have a crock of gold - jersey sales, more ticket sales during home games, more sponsors who want to associate with their new Brazilian magician. And, roughly 1000 km away, Barcelona have their biggest concern to address - getting a replacement for Neymar, who can play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. After all, someone has to complete this trio. In the recent times, there hasn’t been a shortage of rumours as to the man who can be the replacement. In this article, I use the help of FMM to find out who the game reckons as the best signing for Barca at the moment! Would just like to mention that Neymar was sold to Bayern in all the simulations carried out. Paulo Dybala The first of the three players, that we will analyse, is the Juventus ace Paulo Dybala! Barcelona are reportedly battling with Real Madrid for the signature of Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, and are preparing a bid of 108M. It is also rumoured that Messi wants Paulo at Barca, and has recommended his name. However, it remains a mystery to me as to how he fits into the team due to his ability to play as only a centre forward and attacking central midfielder. Nevertheless, we will proceed to see how he does at Barcelona! Simulation How he did We see some major improvements in Dybala after the one-season simulation! There were solid improvements in dribbling,shooting,creativity,decisions and movement. This shows that a single season with the likes of Messi and Suarez has thoroughly improved the lad. The improvement in dribbling and shooting could be due to his new position on the left, and the increase in shooting could be due to the support he receives from Messi and Suarez! It’s worth noticing the giant increase in value from 37M to a mind boggling 75M! An amazing player is the least I can say… It seems as if Dybala did a very good job in his first season! He had an outstanding debut season in a largely rotated squad which includes the legends Messi and Suarez, a similar youth striker in Paco Alcacer and many other talented players. As such, managing 35+ appearances is phenomenal and an average rating of 7.07 is just amazing! A great player indeed! How the team did A solid season in league as Barcelona end 1st place with a 7 point difference to Real. With 84 goals scored and 35 let in, the team gave a great performance. The trio of MSD fit together well over the season and the threat of 3 goal scorers, wrecked havoc in the league. The trio scored the most goals in the whole league. A good season in league indeed! Analysis With the simulation of Dybala run, it looks like with time, Dybala can fit into the Barcelona squad. He will also be available longer than the two ace strikers who have turned 30, as he is just entering his prime. On certain levels, Dybala can be a very well replacement for Neymar however, it’ll come at a hefty 108M price. The price though will be worth it and affordable for the Blaugrana who have 200M under their belt. All in all, Dybala will be a quality signing for Barcelona! Philipe Coutinho Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona isn’t something that is new. It’s been on for very very long. The Liverpool midfielder has been linked with a move to Camp Nou on and off for well over a year now; his form for club and country last season only strengthened the idea that he could tread the same path as Luis Suarez followed in 2014. His friendship with Suarez, six month loan spell with Espanyol 2012, where he got to know the city and the language, and even his "Barca DNA" have been listed as reasons why it's inevitable he would choose the Blaugrana if he ever left Liverpool. And while it may have been difficult to see where he would fit in at Barcelona with a front three of Lionel Messi, Suarez and Neymar, now it's simple; the left winger role is wide open for him… Simulation How he did There are some improvements which are visible but not too obvious. There is his increase in shooting, movement and pace. All this makes sense as a left winger has to be able to shoot, especially with the Barcelona attack which has a habit of passing very well. Thus, the ball could fall to anyone to score, The movement also has to be good as the Barcelona tactic of Tiki-taka revolves around the idea of passing into spaces which all the players must be able to get. The pace could be due to the experience he was gaining. There was also the increase from 29M to a highly respectable 52M which shows he has been doing some good work! Have a look at this! 34 games and managing 11 goals as well as 11 assists, what a player! It is odd as to how he only got 30+ games in a role which is wide open. However, in the games he did get, he was fabulous. He was getting involved in all games due to his goals and assists as well as maintaining a great rating of 7.47. How the team did A very close season in league indeed, as they just finish 1 point off Atletico. MSC managed a world class 88 goals, with the defence being rock solid once again at 36 goals. The inclusion of another Brazilian playmaker from the wigs, assisted the two main goal scorers well and they didn’t disappoint as they chased in on many opportunities! Thus, a good overall season all together Analysis At the start, everything look like rainbows and unicorns. With time, Coutinho’s influence did decrease as they started off the season well but couldn’t ed it off the same way. His performances did show that he did very well, and that could show he is a good player. He is only 24 years old and shows signs of improving, thus it could be a good transfer. However, a big price of 120M could be too much for the lad. Through the simulations though, any amount of money for him is justified. In a nutshell, a solid player! Ousmane Dembele Ousmane Dembele has been known as a similar player to Neymar, and it is no surprise as to why Barcelona had turned their attention to him. Dembele has also shown interest in moving to Spain after a move to Dortmund from Rennes last season. His ability to play as a winger is of course the main reason that Barcelona are considering him. He is only in his teenage years which why many people are confused as to why Barcelona, with such a big war-chest, would look for a wonderkid instead of an established star. However, we cannot rule any possibility out and will look into how the youngster will do at Camp Nou… Simulation How he did Some small improvements can be seen over the season… Mainly in his crossing and shooting. In the trio that was made, it was crucial to have such a player who can link the sides and the centre well, and Dembele fit the criteria. There was also the criteria of being able to score, which helped his shooting stat. He is truly a Neymar-isque player in the making! Not bad! 35 games is outstanding for a 19 year old! Truly very good! Not to mention the 11 goals and 7 assists as well as the solid 6.97 average rating. He was managing to get in front of other players who were the same age as him and was also impressing. Very well done indeed! How the team did Woah! Amazing! A very good season in league. Managing 98 points and were completely undefeated! Scoring an insane number of goals as well, and not letting many in! Both attack and defence were good! With a player quite closely compare to Neymar, Ousmane lived up to the hype as he put in some great performances in building plays. Even though he did not get in much with the goals and assists, he had his own role to play! Analysis Dembele is a class player. At 19 years old, he is already capable of great things and FMM is the proof. He will definitely improve with time and as this is only the start to what can be a illustrious career in Barcelona. However, it is now on FC Barca if they are ready to invest up to 130M on ‘raw’ talent. To sum up, Ousmane Dembele can become a class player! Conclusion Neymar’s departure to Paris has undoubtedly left a very large hole in the Barcelona attack which they have to fill up fast and with a quality player. Dybala has the talent and experience to handle that role. He knows how to score and has already gotten tips from experienced players like Higuain but does he truly understand what it is to be the shadow of experienced legends in the attack. Can he handle the pressure of a Barcelona main man? Coutinho is Brazilian and understands to a large extent the Canarinho way of play, not to mention he is close friends with Neymar and does play very similar to him. However, does Philippe Coutinho really have the heart to leave Liverpool and will they actually let him go? Dembele is a class player who already has the wonderkid tag on him. He can work for Barcelona for a very long time, even up to 10+ years. However, will Barcelona really sign him? WIll they really invest such a huge amount in a teenager? From the tests that I have run, it seems as if the best man for the job is actually Coutinho. He managed to help Barca in the league, even if it was by a mere point, and he also made sure he was putting in stunning performances. After all, 11 goals and assists isn’t what is expected from a player in his debut season. Nor is the enormous 7.47 AVG rating that he managed to get. It shows the class of the man his ability to adapt quickly as well as the ambition to succeed Some might argue that Dybala is better due to his 24 contributions to Coutinho's 22. However, it shows that Dybala played a more advanced role similar to that of Messi while Coutinho player a deeper one. Thus, I feel Coutinho offers balance to the attack. However, we are all prisoner to our own opinions. Let’s hear all the different opinions that you guys have got to offer from each of your different point of views! Thanks for reading Risheek 5 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites Share this with others!