Barcelona Considering Three Alternatives For Back-Up Forward Role


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Undoubtedly, FC Barcelona must have one of the best attacking lines in Europe. The presence of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez could put them over the top, but they also have lots of depth thanks to names such as Ousmane Dembele, Malcom and Philippe Coutinho, among others.

However, there’s one thing Los Blaugranas have been missing for quite a while. They don’t have a reliable, experienced back-up forward who can act as Suarez’s replacement in case the Uruguayan gets injured, suspended, or simply needs to rest. The departure of Paco Alcacer left that role empty, but now they are looking at potential alternatives.

Based on recent reports, the Camp Nou side is reportedly looking at three players: Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, and Girona’s Christian Stuani. The first two have struggled to gain consistent playing time for The Blues, while the Uruguay international has settled himself as one of the most prolific strikers in LaLiga despite playing for a lower side such as Girona.

Per reports, Morata is Barca’s top choice but they also look at Giroud in order to add a much-needed aerial threat. But based on the playing style and the potential transfer fee, Stuani would be the best choice. Especially since he wouldn’t have many problems to operate as a back-up alternative, just like he does it in the Uruguay NT.

Stuani has 12 goals in 17 league appearances for Girona. Meanwhile, Giroud has five goals in 24 matches (all competitions) for Chelsea, and Morata has netted nine times in 23 outings (all comps.) for The Blues.