Raymond Chandler had a piece of advice for anyone who wanted to get into crime writing: “When in doubt, bring in a guy with a gun & rdquor ;. Xavi Hernández’s Barça he begins to drive away with his game some (only some) of the many doubts that the ill-fated ‘sloquehayismo’ of Ronald Koeman planted in the Blaugrana parish (and in the players, judging by the reckless but revealing statements of Óscar Mingueza), but can’t find the guy with the gun. Temporarily discarded for the position Ansu Fati, Sergio Agüero and Martin Braithwaite for their various ailments, on the rainy night of Tuesday it was clear that Xavi’s gunman is not called Philippe Coutinho (who did not play for a minute against Benfica and whose market price is dangerously close to that of a used match) or Luuk de Jong (who did not even go to the band to warm up and that for the good of all should leave the club in the winter market) and it opened, alas, a huge question mark about Memphis Depay.
The most alarming thing about the Memphis game was not so much his lack of goal (the Dutchman has not seen a goal in the Champions League since he dressed as a Barça player) as his no understanding of what the team needed at all times; His erratic movements, his untimely unchecks, and his clippings and caracoleos were as useful as yesterday’s calendar page. It can be said in his defense that his natural position is not that of a battering ram to which the circumstances of the squad force him and that, in addition, he has played absolutely everything since he arrived, but it is difficult to ignore his growing disconnect with the promising idea of collective play that the new coach is imposing. Thus, if Ansu, Dembelé and Braithwaite (who, they say, Xavi has promised an important role) manage to dribble the injuries, it would not be a surprise that the footballer who started the season as the Barça 2020/21 franchise player la finish like a luxury reservation. Who knows if the transferable sign isn’t hanging by then.