Although not everyone was convinced that spending a whooping € 81 million on him was a good idea, his stellar performances so far truly speak for themselves
Luis Suárez is one of the main causes for the visible improvement that Barcelona have experienced this season. Although not everyone within the Catalan fan-base was convinced that spending a whooping € 81 million on the Uruguayan striker was a good idea, his stellar performances so far this season truly speak for themselves.
Here are five reasons why Luis Suarez has become little short of indispensable for Barcelona:
1. Raw instinct in front of goal
If Barcelona failed to add any silverware to the Camp Nou museum in the 2013/14 campaign, it was mostly due to their lack of attacking options. Sure, they did have quadruple Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi upfront, but the Catalans’ attacking game become so easily predictable that, despite their best efforts, well-organised rivals were able to contain them far too often.
The fact that Suarez has been humble enough to work alongside Messi rather than trying to steal his spotlight is remarkable
Barca have not had a world-class pure reference striker upfront since the departure of Samuel Eto’o back in the summer of 2009. The way in which Suarez opens up spaces, uses his strength to protect the ball when in possession and always seems to be in the right place at the right time is second to none in world football.
Perhaps more importantly, the Uruguayan star is not afraid to take responsibility when it truly matters. While the No.9 was slightly nervous in front of goal during his first couple of months as a Blaugrana, his finishing has become increasingly clinical in recent times, often leaving rival keepers with no other option but to shake their heads in disbelief. His 11 goals in his last 11 appearances are impressive to anyone’s standards.
El Pistolero's ability to step up in style when facing major rivals, as he did on Wednesday at the Parc des Princes or recently against Real Madrid, has taken a huge chunk of pressure of Messi’s shoulders -- which, given the Argentinean’s status as the world’s best player, can only be in the team’s best interest.
2. Understanding his role within the team
Everyone knows that Lionel Messi is true leader at Barcelona, a status that he has earned after consistently delivering excellent performances and scoring endless goals at the Camp Nou for over a decade. With that in mind, it is obvious that any new Blaugrana signings have to accept a role as a complement to the No.10 rather than becoming the ultimate focus for the team’s attack themselves.
Considering his status as Golden Boot winner and Liverpool’s most influential player last season, the fact that Suarez has been humble enough to work alongside Messi rather than trying to steal his spotlight is remarkable. While this point may seem obvious to some, superstars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Cristiano Ronaldo would definitely not be prepared to accept such arrangement.