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ANALYTICS. Denis Suárez bought the return ticket

His exhibition against Barça shows he can have a place in Luis Enrique's squad

ANALYTICS. Denis Suárez bought the return ticket
ANALYTICS. Denis Suárez bought the return ticket

His exhibition against Barça shows he can have a place in Luis Enrique's squad

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Denis Suárez was one of the most highlighted Villarreal players in the draw vs Barça. Playing on the right, the midfielder was a problem for Jordi Alba and Arda Turan in his attacking excursions. His technique was well-known in Barça B, but his experience in Sevilla and Villarreal gave him a competitive personality basic to have options in FC Barcelona's first team.

1. The player who generated more chances

More than Messi, Suárez or Neymar, Denis Suárez was the player who generated more goal chances: 5. His passes for the arrival of Bakambu or Soldado were key for the local team. Furthermore, he also tried 2 shots, one of which was refused by Bravo, and Bakambu used it to score the 1-2.

2. Praises

After the match, our analyst Ricard Torquemada praised Denis Suárez: "He showed he can be in Barça's first team. Every time he has the ball, he takes brave decisions. Furthermore, he has improved in terms of defense a lot, both in concentration and aggressiveness. Despite he prefers to play in the center rather than wide, he played forward unbalancing the opponent. He elaborated the play of the 1-2. He fulfilled expectations." Besides, one of FC Barcelona board members, Pau Vilanova, admitted "every time Denis touched the ball, I suffered."

3. Options to come back to Barça

FC Barcelona has an option to repurchase Denis Suárez for €3 million, a low amount for a player of his quality and potential. He is 22 and during this winter market, the club studied bringing him back, but it had to be negotiated with Villarreal since the purchase option was only valid from 30 June.

The Galician player has many numbers to be first-team player next year but he will have to assume he will have a lot of competition: Rakitic, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha and Arda Turan will be competing for two places. He will have to have a lot of patience but certainly it will increase the possibility of rotations for Luis Enrique, with a player who has the level of Barça and can adapt perfectly to the tactical system of the squad.