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Dembele and Rafinha are two key members of Barcelona's attacking ranks..

Barcelona fans were tweeting about Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele during Rayo game

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There's no shortage of attacking talent in the Barcelona team.

Even with Lionel Messi recovering from a serious arm injury, Ernesto Valverde has an enviable cohort of offensive options and it must have been pretty daunting for Rayo Vallecano this week.

Barcelona had destroyed their rivals Real Madrid 5-1 just the week before with Luis Suarez silencing his doubters with a brilliant hat-trick.

The fact Malcom has only started one game this season goes to show the sheer depth in Barcelona's team and goals are a guarantee when they take to the pitch.

Arguably one of the most exciting attacking talents in the Barcelona squad is Ousmane Dembele, though.

Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano

Signed for over €100 million from Borussia Dortmund, the Frenchman is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in the sport and is now three months deep into his second season in Spain.

At the moment, however, Valverde isn't giving him much of a chance and Dembele had to watch on from the bench as Barcelona locked horns with Rayo.

In his place? Rafinha.

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Dembele vs Rafinha debate

The 25-year-old impressed during the recent win against Inter Milan, but his performance against Rayo left a lot to be desired and Barcelona fans quickly grew impatient.

In fact, Twitter was full of supporters demanding that Dembele replaced the Brazilian and were beginning to point fingers at Valverde by half-time.

And when Valverde eventually made the decision to swap the two players after 52 minutes, fans quickly saw a positive impact and felt vindicated in their suspicions.

There was no shortage of passion in their tweet - check out the reaction below:

Say what you like about his form, but Barcelona fans want more of Dembele.

The Frenchman certainly needs to take some of the responsibility, yet his progression at the Nou Camp is always going to be stunted if he doesn't accumulate minutes.

Shows of faith could be massive for the players confident, could increase his focus and allow him to fine-tune his performances in such a demanding league.

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The fans are clearly behind him and the Rayo game could persuade Valverde to invest more trust in Dembele, potentially dropping Rafinha in the process.

Do you think Dembele should start for Barcelona? Have your say in the comments section below.

Topics:
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Rafinha Alcantara do Nascimento
Ernesto Valverde
Ousmane Dembele
La Liga
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
Luis Suarez

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