When Antoine Griezmann made the switch from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona during the summer, few eyebrows were arguably lifted.
The Frenchman seemed a decent fit for the Catalans, who were perhaps starting to think about life after the 32-year-old injury-plagued Luis Suarez. His transfer fee – €120m (£107m) – was high, yet expected for a 28-year-old forward at the top of his game.
Griezmann began life at the Camp Nou promisingly, scoring twice and assisting once as Barca thrashed Real Betis 5-2 back in August. He has since gone on to assist one goal and score another, taking his tally to three goals and two assists – not a bad return, you could argue.
Though it is his style of play and movement off the ball that is causing concern in Spain, with Sport (via Sport Witness) reporting that the France international looks out of his depth at Barcelona.
The Catalan newspaper awarded Griezmann a rating of 4/10 for his performance against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday evening – the lowest out of every player on the pitch.
Sport (via Sport Witness) says that the 28-year-old ‘looks lost’ on the pitch, and doesn’t understand the movement of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez well enough. The report also claims that Barcelona are said to be ‘disappointed’ with what they’ve received from their signing so far – cutting comments from a publication that has close ties with the Spanish club.
Griezmann’s stats read fairly well at this stage, but you would perhaps have expected more from him considering he is frequently talked about as one of the world’s best footballers.
It was always going to be difficult for Griezmann to adapt to a completely different style of play at Barcelona, considering Atletico more or less based their whole game around him for so many seasons.
For the Blaugrana, he is merely one of several top-class players – including Lionel Messi, who will always dictate the way the club play.
The Frenchman had a poor game on Tuesday night, but was tasked with playing on the left-hand side of a front-three, when he is much more adept at playing through the middle or just in behind, so it is only natural that he would look ‘uncomfortable’.
Sport’s evaluation of him seems a little harsh considering he is still finding his feet at one of the world’s biggest clubs with such high expectations, and has managed to score three goals and provide two assists for the club in the opening two months of the campaign.
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