It seems Barcelona can’t just get any player they want in the transfer market. Financial limitation and the demotion to the Europa League are the reasons for this. Top players may no longer yearn for a move to Camp Nou. This is the case of Karim Adeyemi, whose move to the club is now unlikely. However, there seems to be a new option within Barcelona’s reach. This option is 21-year old Julian Alvarez. The River Plate striker was not a prominent name until lately. But there is a reason why many big clubs in Europe are vying for his signature.
Julian was born in Cordoba, Argentina in 2000. At the age of 11, he was a familiar star in his hometown, Calchin. This would eventually attract the attention of different scouts from Argentina, including another one from Real Madrid. After a trial with the Spanish club, Julian wouldn’t join them due to his age. Yet, that wasn’t going to stop the young striker from developing into the player he is today.
Having trained with several clubs in Argentina, River Plate finally picked him up in 2016. Julian eventually got the chance to prove himself after being patiently integrated into Marcelo Gallardo’s team. He has 18 goals and 6 assists in the league this season. Those are numbers that reflect his qualities. His attributes and style of play are also enticing.
The two attacking problems Julian can solve at Barcelona
Scoring goals is an essential part of football. The strongest team can lose its identity in a short period of time if goals are not scored. This is what Barcelona are going through at the moment. The acquisition of Julian can solve this problem.
Julian Alvarez manages 3.1 shots per game, a stat that makes him an active striker. Moreover, he has scored a goal every 88th minute in the Argentina Professional League this season. What often makes this possible for the youngster is his ability to find spaces in attack. This ability, along with his goalscoring prowess, is exactly what Barcelona need in their attack.
Another problem that the signing of Julian will definitely solve in Barcelona’s attack is the lack of intensity. The Catalans’ attack has been toothless recently, especially against top teams. Sometimes, they’ve failed to be consistently active in the final third. Julian likes to get involved in games irrespective of the situation. In terms of dribbling, pace, passing, and strength, the Argentine is a multifunctional striker who can light up Barcelona’s attack.
Julian Alvarez will serve as an impetus for Barcelona in attack. This is because he is a goalscorer and simultaneously a provider. He can play as a centre-forward and also on the wings. With a keen eye for goal, he is also concerned about creating chances for his teammates. He has already created 9 big chances in the league this season, providing 2.1 key passes per game. On the wings, Julian is even better. He can deliver crosses into the box and can also cut inside to find a teammate. All these qualities are what Barcelona need to elevate their attack.
Julian doesn’t have a specific weakness, although there is still a room for improvement. What needs improvement is maintaining possession. He needs to work on his ball control as well. But apart from that, there is no doubt about his qualities.
The attackers Barcelona have been tracking in recent times have one thing in common which is versatility. Julian is not an exception. There will be questions about his adaptability to European football. But he is a player that is worth giving a try. He is going to cost Barcelona less. His salary won’t be a problem either. Yet, the Catalans will have to be fast about getting him. Barcelona also have to convince him personally.
They also have to convince him as there are many clubs in Europe that are interested in his signature.