Barcelona have been linked with a move for Greek striker Georgios Samaras, who currently plays for Scottish side Celtic.
But would he fit in at the Camp Nou?
Let's assume that the “false nine” era is closer to the past than to the present and future.
Taking that as granted Barcelona needs to focus on transforming their game play from 4-3-3 with Lionel Messi as a “false nine” to a 4-3-3 with someone else (e.g. Samaras) as a clear forward.
Even Josep Guardiola, the man who first of all the others implemented the use of a “false nine”, is waiting for Robert Lewandowski and a change in formation.
But I think that the conditions are very different in these two clubs. Bayern Munich used to play with a clear forward and it is not going to be difficult to get used to again.
Furthermore the German school in general always has had great forwards in its formations so playing with forward is written on Bayern Munich’s DNA.
On the other hand I believe that Barcelona does not need a clear forward yet. It is very good that the people of Barca are looking to the future and try to prevent future problems but they are about to make a huge mistake.
First of all Messi is still young and he is able of playing at least 10 more years in the top level. In addition to that the transfer of Neymar Jr will benefit them both because defences will have to focus on both them and not to one of them.
In my opinion, the biggest problem of Barcelona should be the replacement plan of Xavi. Xavi is not getting any younger and every year suffers from more and more injuries.
Cesc Fabregas may be a candidate for his replacement but until now he does not seem capable of filling Xavi’s shoes. This is the big problem for Barcelona and a problem that must be dealt with as soon as possible.
The issue of Samaras and the forwards in general is also important but not so immediate. As mentioned above Messi and Neymar can serve really well the “false nine” game plan for many years ahead and that fact is giving Barcelona a huge opportunity.
As we all know Barcelona is a team that is based on its academy. The majority of the first team squad comes from the club’s academy”La Masia”.
In “La Masia” youngsters are been taught the secrets of football from a very young age. Furthermore all the club’s youth team from the younger one until the reserve one follow the same game plan that the first team is playing.
For example all the youth teams of Barcelona use the “false nine” plan as the first team. This results in the fact that whenever someone from the academy is being to called to play to the first team knows exactly what he has to in the pitch.
They do not need any time to adjust. They are already ready. If the people of Barcelona believe that the “false nine” paradigm belongs to the past, they have to change the whole structure of “La Masia” and find their next big “true nine” from the inside.
They should, in other words, “built” a new Messi but this time a forward Messi. Any forward that Barcelona will sign I believe that he is doomed.
He is going to fail to adjust to Barcelona and the more likely Barcelona will fail to the transition from “false nine” to “true nine”.
After all we already saw David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto'o leaving Barcelona as failures but continuing to other clubs and lifting these clubs to an upper level.
Samaras should stay in Britain rather than rotting in Barcelona's reserves.
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