Spared of the unveiling rigmarole, we expectant observers of the Luis Suarez transfer saga were forced to take Barcelona’s word for it that the Uruguayan is ‘100 per cent’ their player.
As per the finer details of the former Liverpool man’s four-month ban from all football-orientated activity, Blaugrana were unable to present the £75m man to the press, instead sending boardroom big cheese Andoni Zubizarreta to inform the world that the deal was sealed.
Despite not being able to don the Catalan club’s jersey, or even train with his new teammates until mid-October at the earliest, the fine laying minds at bwin.com go 3/4 about Suarez outscoring Brazilian wet blanket Neymar in La Liga this season.
Given the scoring form with which the Uruguayan marksman returned to action in following his last biting ban, this looks an excellent punt.
Read on to discover why this is the case:
Suarez goals-per-game average wasn’t far off one in one last term.
The well-lubricated limbs of the ex-Ajax man are apparently rustproof so his four-month lay off will only serve as an elongated battery-charging period.
In his first month back from a lengthy suspension in 2013/14 he struck six times in five outings, contributing to a seasonal haul of 33 in 39 appearances.
Neymar’s Spanish goalscoring exploits failed to match the dizzying standards set by Suarez in Europe.
The teary-eyed son of Santos managed a paltry nine net-rustles during his maiden Spanish campaign, failing to make the starting line up for over half of these games.
After a string of goal-laden campaigns in his homeland, being forced to accept an ancillary role in the Lionel Messi show didn’t suit him.
Suarez, on the other hand, is accustomed to flourishing in a superstar-stocked frontline having done so for several years at international level so shouldn’t wilt in the same way.
As was the case with Brazil, Neymar will likely be asked to adopt a number ten role in the Barcelona team next term.
Obviously Messi won’t be budged from his favoured position up front and Suarez’s excellence when playing alongside Daniel Sturridge will see him partner the Argentine.
Neymar’s scorekeeper-friendly season means he can’t reasonably expect to oust either of these from the central striking berths and he’ll be deployed as more of a creator than goal-getter as a result.