Transfer Talk: 5 Players That Would Improve Barca's Attack

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Transfer Talk: 5 Players That Would Improve Barca's Attack
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FC Barcelona rarely delve into the January transfer market, but if there is one particular area the club's technical team will have an eye on improving, it is their attack.

Of course, in Lionel Messi, Barca have one of the most devastating and effective forwards of all time. Barca's problems, however, lie to the flanks of Messi, with his support team if you like.

Indeed, for a while now, critics have argued the Blaugrana have an overbearing dependence on the Argentine maestro, particularly in the final third.

One can hardly argue with the statistics. While La Pulga has already scored 35 goals this record-breaking season in all competitions, Barca's other four forwards (Pedro, Villa, Alexis and Tello) have only combined for 15 between them.

Returning from injury, David Villa has played in fits and starts and has cut a frustrated figure as he struggles for consistent time on the field. Cristian Tello remains a raw and unrefined product of La Masia, while Pedro and Alexis have looked toothless in front of goal.

 

Tactical Changes?

Firstly, one must understand a slight change in the play of Tito Vilanova's wide forwards this term. Positionally, they have focused more than ever on stretching the opposition, laterally and in behind.

While there is certainly a reluctance to shoot from some players, they are also not regularly getting into the same scoring positions as in previous seasons. Pedro, for example, who has previously thrived on his finishing, is managing just 1.4 shots per game in La Liga.

However, the problem has not just been this season. There has been a steady decline in goals from sources other than Messi since the '08/09 season, which saw 51 league goals scored by Eto'o, Henry and Bojan.

Let us take a look at five players who have the potential to improve Barcelona's three-pronged attack. 

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