FC Barcelona – La Liga Ansu Fati leaves a gap in the attack
The injury to Ansu fati has caused all sorts of problems for Barcelona and Ronald Koeman. The forward is undergoing surgery on his meniscus on Monday after suffering an injury during Saturday’s game against Real Betis.
With the youngster likely to be out of action for a matter of months, that leaves a gaping hole in Barcelona’s attack. Ansu has contributed to 11 goals in 10 games for the Blaugrana this season, scoring five himself and setting another six up.
The teenager has become a regular in Koeman’s team, too, starting eight of Barcelona‘s first ten games of the campaign and playing a total of 596 minutes. That gives him a goal contribution every 54 minutes or the Catalans.
Ansu‘s injury is the latest of a number of matters that have disrupted Koeman‘s management of his frontline. In the summer, the club decided to part ways with Luis Suarez, despite knowing the quantity of goals he would guarantee.
The Uruguayan’s departure left Barcelona scrambling around in the transfer market for a striker to replace him, but they failed in pursuits of Lautaro Martinez and Memphis Depay. The club’s financial troubles have hindered their spending power.
The lack of Suarez has not been helped by the goalscoring returns of Antoine Griezmann or Lionel Messi this term. The former has scored just twice this season, while the latter netted from open play for the first time against Betis on Saturday.
In the meantime, Ansu fati‘s form in front of goal has made up for the misfiring tendances of his more senior teammates. The 18-year-old has played both as a left winger and a central striker under Koeman this season.
Now, with the Spanish international expected to miss the next few months of the campaign, it’s up to the Barcelona boss to find solutions in attack.