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Barcelona boss says Neymar needs more goals

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Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has praised the impact of Neymar but has also challenged the striker to score more goals after a quiet start to his Nou Camp career.

The 21-year-old was signed by the Catalonia club in the summer from Santos for a club record fee of nearly £49 mil.

However the young Brazilian star, who is expected to become one of the footballing greats, has netted just four times in for his new club this season in 18 appearances.

In the absence of four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi due to injury, Martino could have done with Neymar stepping up in front of goal even though the Nou Camp outfit are top of La Liga having only dropped points in two of their 15 games.

On the striker's struggles the Argentine coach said: "He should score more goals than he has so far.

"We don't analyse any player simply by the goals he scores and lays on - it is a question of all facets of a player's game.

"But at the moment the only question about Neymar is his finishing.

"He is not a goalscorer in the way that Leo Messi is, but he can score a lot of goals for us like Pedro, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas do."

Neymar has the chance to end a three-game brought when Scottish club Celtic travel to Barcelona in the Champions League.

His side can seal top spot in the group with a win over Neil Lennon's outfit who they beat earlier in the campaign and are bottom of the group with three points.

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