There’s absolutely no question that Luis Suarez has been a brilliant signing for Barcelona.
The Uruguayan forward, who joined the Catalan giants in a £64.98 million move following the 2014 World Cup finals, was a risky purchase because of his seemingly uncontrollable bad behaviour on the pitch.
However, Suarez has repaid Barça for the faith they showed in him by scoring an impressive 168 goals in 231 games to date.
The South American has also helped his current employers win a host of major honours over the past four-and-a-half years including three La Liga titles, four Copas del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.
But is the 32-year-old’s time at the Camp Nou coming to an end? Have we seen the best of one of the greatest forwards of the current generation?
As you’re probably already aware, following his blank against Lyon on Tuesday night, Suarez has now failed to score in his last 16 Champions League away games.
Not only has he failed to get himself on the scoresheet away from home in Europe’s premier cup competition, but he also hasn’t registered a single assist during that time.
For a player wearing the number nine shirt at Barça, those statistics simply aren’t good enough.
Suarez wasted a hatful of chances to break his drought in the game against Lyon - and many Barça fans on social media are so fed up with his profligacy that they snapped.
Blimey. It seems they’ve genuinely had enough. It’s disappointing to see this type of reaction about a player who’s given so much to the club, but that’s social media for you.
Some of the Spanish press were equally scathing about Suarez, though.
Marca rated him as the worst Barcelona player on the pitch, adding: “It wasn’t his night as he was slow and off colour throughout. He worked tirelessly and tried hard, but without any success.”
Meanwhile, Sport commented: “His last goal came on September 16, 2015, against Roma. Since then he’s gone over 24 hours without netting. A terrible record for a centre-forward. That’s where the desperation that marked his game came from.”
However, Barça boss Ernesto Valverde told reporters after the match - per ESPN - that he wasn’t concerned about Suarez’s poor recent record away from home in the Champions League.
"It doesn't worry me," he insisted. "It would worry me if he wasn't getting chances, which is what you ask for from a centre-forward.
"And [even] if he doesn't have chances, he creates them for his teammates. Opponents are frightened of him. He [must] be reserving himself... Football is a game of margins. Strikers have runs [of goals] and the best thing is he's getting chances."
It’s also important to note that Suarez has a strong friendship with Lionel Messi.
Valverde will be acutely aware that any criticism of Suarez would not go down well with the club’s main man.News Now - Sport News