Girona’s amazing season showing just what Barcelona are missing in their squad

Barcelona target Savio
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FC Barcelona have been suffering from a decline in their form over the last few weeks. The Catalans underperformed in their matches against Real Sociedad and Shakhtar Donetsk and won the match against Alaves only after Robert Lewandowski scored a brace after conceding in the very first minute.

The reasons for this slump in the team’s form can be found in several aspects, but one of the more prominent factors leading to this poor form is the lack of offensive output from the frontline. The team is creating fewer chances upfront, and this is also leading to a low number of goals and assists.

Only Robert Lewandowski and Lamine Yamal are currently performing to the level required of a Barcelona forward. Despite the criticism of his form, Lewandowski is still the most impactful forward in Barcelona’s lineup, having scored seven goals and given another three assists in La Liga this season.

Ferran Torres and Joao Felix started the season in good shape, but the former has only three goals and one assist, while the latter also has only one goal and three assists to his name. Raphinha missed several games due to suspension and injury and has two goals and an assist as of now.

Naturally, Barcelona’s performance will be compared with that of the top-performing team in the league, and such a comparison shows just what the Catalan club is missing in its squad. Girona is currently the leader of La Liga, and Michel’s men have also scored the highest number of goals, 31, in the league.

As SPORT has noted, a significant contribution to this number is made by the Brazilian winger Savinho, who has four goals and four assists in the league while only being 19 years of age. He arrived at Girona only last summer, and this is his first season in Spain, but this time has been enough for him to impress clubs across Europe.

His strong left foot, ability to play on both wings, excellent technique, intelligence, and fitness make him an attractive footballer, and the Barcelona Sporting Director, Deco, has also highlighted him as a possible reinforcement for the next season.

The player is currently owned by Troyes, the French club owned by the City Group, and has a contract till 2027. His explosive start to life in Spain means bigger clubs will be looking for his services, and Barcelona is definitely among these clubs interested in the youngster.

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