Neymar and Luis Suárez were already world class stars when they joined Barcelona. They just had to justify their enormous price tags, which we all know can be a burden on most players.
But not for the South American dynamic duo. They rose to the challenge and combined with Lionel Messi to form the MSN triumvirate decimating all before them on their way to the treble.
Could Neymar and Suárez be the Plan B Barcelona were so desperate for?
Football is a team game but every team needs a conductor to run the orchestra. With Xavi gone, the onus fell on Lionel Messi to lead the charge and take the reins. As a result, panic gripped the Camp Nou when Messi got injured and was ruled out for two months. With Iniesta also out for a month after getting injured in the very next match, alarm bells started ringing.
Whenever Messi is inavailable, Barça tend to struggle significantly. And even if he is fit and the opposition do succeed in nullifying his threat (which, although rarely, does happened from time to time), the team looks lost. That is precisely the reason why the arrival of Neymar and Suárez in alternative seasons to liberate Messi of some of the enormous goalscoring responsibility he carried in previous seasons.
Neymar has long carried the Brazilian team on his shoulders. Fortunately, this year he made sure he raised his level of performances for Barca too. Playing deep, creating chances for his teammates, scoring goals, winning and converting penalties…he has done it all.
The No.11 considers Messi his idol and, with this kind of form, his attacking partner in crime must be very impressed. However, the best thing about his performance is that it shows he can lead the Barça front-line when the Argentinean wizard is well into his thirties and, most certainly, ends up resorting to an attacking midfield role. With Neymar having dispelled all the doubts in recent months, there are encouraging signs that indicate the future is secured.
Although Suárez took a while to fully adapt to the expectations and formation at Barcelona, he has recently stepped up in Messi's absence and grabbed important goals himself. The Uruguayan’s career at Barcelona seems to be on a roll, as proves the fact that his likely to overtake Diego Maradona and Romario in the goal scoring charts for the club in the next couple of matches.
Neymar and Suárez have combined to score Barcelona's last 17 goals in all competitions. They have a much better understanding now and have started to form a dangerous partnership that can only get better when Messi returns, hopefully in mid-November.
For now, Barca are in safe hands. Although their treble-winning 2014/15 campaign was simply outstanding at every level, there is reason to belive that this season can be even better if Neymar and Suarez both continue displaying this kind of form.
Who knows? There is a chance that yet another treble may be on its way to the Camp Nou museum come June.