News of Neymar’s desire to leave PSG and return to the Camp Nou where he left two seasons ago has been the talk of the summer so far.
The window closes in a few and Neymar is reported to be ‘close’ to making a move back to Barcelona.
Barcelona director Javier Bordas offered an update after landing at Barcelona’s El Prat airport.
“There’s still no deal, we’re negotiating and we’re closer, but I can’t say anything more,” he said.
If Barcelona does sign Neymar, it means that the Catalan team have had a superb transfer window.
They have already signed Antoine Griezmann in attack and Neymar would only make the forward line something out of a video game.
One dilemma they could have is the formation they might deploy week in week out. Rotations as well.
Messi is a constant, potentially Neymar will be too but the question is whether Griezmann will play or Suarez will. Will one occupy the bench for the other? I think not.
Griezmann is one of the top 10 best players in the world, if not top 5 so he won’t settle for sitting on the bench and neither will Suarez. The best bet is that all four of them will start.
Enter MSNG. Europe’s new fearsome attack. Probably the deadliest attack football has ever seen.
All players are proven world-beaters, European finalists and Champions and generational talents.
The question now is what system or formation will be adopted which is suitable for them all to play in.
This is a formation Barcelona tend to morph into when they were defending last season. When they don’t press, Messi and Suarez become two strikers and then the left-winger becomes a left midfielder, forming a midfield four.
As you can see in the above picture, Messi and Suarez become strikers while the left-winger moves into midfield to form two banks of four.
Their familiarity with this formation can help them offensively.
The formation could be a 4-2-4 on offence and a flat 4-4-2 on defence.
Messi and Griezmann can also interchange positions on what would be a fluid right side of the Barcelona attack since both players can comfortably occupy similar positions on the pitch.
This is one formation that has rarely been seen by Ernesto Valverde’s but can potentially be used in order to fit all the attackers into the squad.
In this formation one player, preferably Messi, plays in the hole with Neymar and Griezmann playing either side of the Argentine and Suarez the Central striker.
This formation can become a flat 4-4-2 or a 4-4-1-1 defensively. This means the two banks of four still remains for Barcelona.
With the injury problems of Neymar, Messi and Suarez, all players might not play together every time but when they are all fit, they will feature in the bigger games as a powerful front four.
The fitness of Griezmann will be very crucial as well. The La Liga champions will be hoping he does not develop any sudden injury problems as he is likely to play the most games for the club.
The team may revert to 4-3-3 with Griezmann playing up top or on the flank in order to rotate Suarez or Messi.
Neymar is not a Barcelona player just yet so this is all just speculation. One that could become reality, a very scary one at that.