Kevin-Prince Boateng has completed a loan move to Bacelona for the remainder of the season. The 31 year old joined Ernesto Valverde’s side as a back up for Luis Suarez in attack.
The ex Hertha, Tottengham, Dortmond, Portsmouth and Ac milan player who last played for Las Palmas in 2016/2017 season. Made a switch to Sassuolo where he made 15 appearances and scored jst 5 goals. Now, joined Barca on loan with an option to buy for 8m euros at the end of the season.
Boateng has seen this move as an opportunity to play for the biggest club in the world. “Barça, I’m coming!” this was Boateng’s speach on sky Sport earlier on Monday. “I’m sad to leave Sassuolo but it’s a great chance.
“He’s a complete footballer,” the coach declared before the season began. “He will play any role and by taking part in this position up front, he’s ready to elevate the total team”.
Maybe, those words seem prophetic. With Boateng capping his account with a goal within the Coppa European nation before scoring three times in his 1st 5 Serie A outings.
“De Zerbi provides me what i want on the field today. freedom however with such a large amount of choices,” Boateng enthused.
“He’s a genius within the method during which he sees soccer. he is teaching Me a way to continually realize the correct position, in each play.”
Whether he now knows enough concerning his new role to surpass Camp Nou may be a completely different matter altogether.
Can Boateng fit into Barca Squad?
Boateng has ne’er been a prolific goalscorer. one time in his career has he concluded a season in double figures.
Crucially, though, it came in La Liga in 2016-17, once he reticulate ten times for Las Palmas, as well as a spectacular scissor-kick against Villarreal and a fine end against Real at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Barca were affected along with his performances on grandmother Canaria, wherever he spent the last half of the season taking part in up front.
He has looked even softer within the role this term in Reggio genus Emilia, though it’s price observing that he has scored only once in Serie A since Sep 21st.
Injury has contend its half. Though, as Boateng was out for simply over a month with a pelvis drawback picked up against Parma on Nov 25th and missed five games as a result.
Indeed, Sat night’s 0-0 draw with repose at San Siro was the first time he has completed ninety minutes since Sep.
In that context, Barcelona’s call is problematic. If they were searching for a flexible mid-thirties forward excelling in Serie A, Gervinho would have created additional sense. With the previous Roma and Arsenal man flourishing at Parma.
However, the Blaugrana had 3 needs for a brand new forward. Thus: Low-cost, La Liga expertise and willing to take a seat on the bench. Boateng ticks all 3 boxes.
He is undoubtedly a flexible and technically talented attacker. Yet, with intelligent movement and a aptitude for the sudden – as port apprehend full well. One among his finest goals came against the Blaugrana, for city within the Champions League last sixteen in 2013.