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Why Barcelona should move for Luka Jovic now

Tuesday 26th March 2019
Barcelona must act now to bring Luka Jovic to Camp Nou or risk losing him in the summer
Barcelona must act now to bring Luka Jovic to Camp Nou or risk losing him in the summer

A deadly Barcelona front three combined with devastating effect to rule Europe under Luis Enrique in 2017. The treble was secured, marking a memorable time in the Catalan's history. Only Pep Guardiola before Enrique had brought such dominance by the club to European football. But even in his time, he could not boast of a front three that could match the Messi-Neymar-Suarez combination.

Unfortunately, things hardly stay the same in life. Neymar sought new adventure in France. Although Lionel Messi has kept the flag flying, Luis Suarez's form has continued to wane. Of course, age catches up with everyone, ultimately.

The need for an understudy and a replacement for the former Ajax and Liverpool man has become an urgent one. Barcelona remains one of the best clubs at transplanting tired or out of form players with new ones. At the moment, Ajax sensation Frenkie de Jong has been brought in for the ageing Sergio Busquets and will call the Nou Camp home from the summer. But it's surprising what the club's hierarchy was thinking bringing in Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo in January.

Apparently, it was an attempt to solve a growing problem; Suarez is finding the back of the net far less frequently than he used to and plan B has become essential. Boateng was secured to solve the problem by providing backup and also giving the manager an option when deciding to rest the Uruguayan. But the former AC Milan and Eintracht Frankfurt man, who was in fine goalscoring form at the latter club has failed to live up to expectations at his new side when given the opportunity to play. Meanwhile, there has been a Serbian turning heads at Boateng's old club.

Luka Jovic is taking Europe by storm. The 21-year-old has been one of the breakout stars of the 2019/20 campaign. With 15 goals and five assists in 24 Bundesliga appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, as well as seven in 10 outings for his country, he is proving to be the deadly striker that most top European sides crave for. Consequently, speculations have been rife concerning his next destination. Barcelona has been one of the suspected destinations.

However, the Spanish champions have made no move for the player despite growing interest in his services from several quarters. That could turn out to be a mistake if the player signs for another European rival in the summer. For one, Suarez's form will likely dwindle further next season.

Then, there is the little matter of a certain Zinedine Zidane returning to the dugout at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Frenchman has not come back to maintain the status quo. He will have only one goal in mind: to return the Spanish giants to the top of the food chain in Spain as well as Europe.

He has already started bolstering his squad and more will be done in the summer. What that means is that Los Blancos will be gunning for the title next term. Barcelona cannot stand by and look. There should be corresponding action to balance things out. Signing Jovic will represent a huge step forward in that direction.

The Serbian has proven that he is ready for the big occasion. Scoring for his country against Germany in the recent international friendly was a big statement. In a world where prolific goalscorers have become a scarce commodity, the Blaugranes will do themselves a world of good by making a move for the young striker now.

Jovic will be the ideal replacement for Suarez and will develop more into the deadly striker that will help bring more silverware to the Camp Nou in the years to come.

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Emmanuel Odey

Emmanuel is a freelance football journalist who lives and breathes the round leather game. He is a contributor on several platforms. You can follow him on Twitter for more.


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