Barcelona, as expected, lead La Liga. They have set the tone early on, winning 10 of 11 games and drawing the other so far this term.
Lionel Messi has scored 15 of the Blaugrana’s 36 goals in the league, and with the January transfer window fast approaching, fans will be eager to see if Tito Vilanova adds to the thunder he already has up front.
Some will argue the more pressing issue Barcelona have is with their defence which has fallen short a number of times this season. They were less than perfect in the 2-1 Champions League defeat against Celtic as cracks continued to appear.
However, here we will look at the possible attacking options available for the Camp Nou side in the new year.
It’s little wonder why the £50 million forward has been linked with the Spanish giants. The Brazil international is the next global superstar in his own right. Fans across the world see him as the heir to the throne of football kings Messi and Ronaldo.
Neymar is the name on the back of Barcelona fans' minds and rightly so. He can play any of the front three positions and he can play out wide too, offering the club extra options on the pitch.
Llorente is just the man to provide another option for Barcelona in attack. The Spanish international forward is the big, tall target man. Think of Llorente as a battering ram, unlike Messi who is the mouse who can slip his way through under the gate and infiltrate enemy lines.
With Llorente playing for Barcelona, Vilanova could opt to play more direct football. There will be potential to hit long balls up to Llorente who can win headers, flick the ball on, or bring it down and then spread the play to wider areas around the box.
But, what’s to stop Barcelona from having a sniff around his tail once the winter transfer window opens for business.
Falcao is arguably the top traditional No. 9 in Spanish football at present. He is the furthest man forward on the pitch all the time and he stays in the box.
He is great with his head and both feet, and his goal record speaks for itself. He has 10 in as many games for Atletico Madrid this season.
Any Barcelona fan would love to have Falcao up front. The question is whether he can adapt to the playing style and philosophy at the Camp Nou.
Falcao scores goals for fun and that fits in line with Barcelona’s emphasis up front.
Last week I wrote an article on Cavani about how good he is following his four goals against Dnipro in the Europa League.
Antonio Di Natale aside, Cavani is the best striker in Italian football. He is phenomenal up front and he has been linked with a plethora of top European clubs including Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail.
Cavani will offer something different than Messi, but he is similar in style and play when compared to Falcao. The Uruguay international is lethal with both feet and deadly when heading crosses in the direction of goal.
Many believe Cavani needs the opportunity to join a massive club to prove himself. Is there a bigger club than Barcelona at the moment?
The striker would be perfect for Vilanova’s side as he would get plenty of service in and around the box.
More fantasy than realistic transfer option, Robin van Persie of Manchester United had to be thrown in because he would tick all the boxes if he was ever to join Barcelona.
Although this is an unrealistic option for the January market, the former Arsenal man would be a perfect alternative to have on the squad.
Similar to Messi, van Persie can play the false No. 9 position. He can drop into midfield while the game is playing and still be able to get up front to tap in a goal from any ball played in from the wide areas.
He offers a great range of options and, being technically superb, the forward can hold up the ball both in the air and on the floor.
Van Persie has a good right foot, but makes up any shortcomings with the thunder in his left. He is also extremely good at scoring headers as we have seen recently.
It’s simple. There is no doubt van Persie can do Messi’s job, but not quite as good as the Argentine ace.
Realistically such a move is unlikely to happen any time soon, but you never know. One day Barcelona fans dreaming of seeing van Persie playing alongside Messi might just get their wish.