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How Luis Suarez Would Fit in Alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi at Barcelona

Luis Suarez and Neymar will be team mates next season.
Luis Suarez and Neymar will be team mates next season.Eugenio Savio/Associated Press
Jason PettigroveContributor IJuly 9, 2014

Barcelona's acquisition of Luis Suarez from Liverpool could potentially be one of the finest signings ever to wear Blaugrana.

At a reported £75 million spend, per Simon Mullock of the Daily Mirror, both the club and it's loyal band of socios will be hoping so.

Johan Cruyff wasn't convinced when another superstar, Neymar, made the switch to Catalonia, per FourFourTwo. The insinuation was that the Brazilian couldn't simply waltz into Barca and be the "Kingpin," given his age and that he was coming into a team full of proven winners.

Neymar did fairly well in his first season in Europe, but an improvement will be expected.
Neymar did fairly well in his first season in Europe, but an improvement will be expected.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

Whilst Suarez is another Grade A player of similar calibre, such sentiments are unlikely to befall the Uruguayan.

At 27 years of age, and with experience of playing in the more physical Premier League, Suarez's credentials aren't in question.

Neither is his ability in finding the net. 

Per EuroTopFoot.com, Suarez finished level with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Shoe, and three goals ahead of Lionel Messi's 28.

The endless debate over "Messi-dependance" should finally be put to bed with the addition of the Uruguayan to the Blaugrana front line.

Perhaps Neymar didn't have quite the impact that was expected last season, but in a tougher league, a new environment and in a team full of superstars it was always going to present a challenge to Brazil's wunderkind in his first season in European football.

Suarez's reputation also precedes him, both in a sporting and disciplinary sense.

As a No. 9 there can be no doubts whatsoever that Suarez's prowess in front of goal will take Barca to the next level. He is that good.

Whether he can keep his emotions in check once the going gets tough, we will have to wait and see, but surely the powers that be at Barca would have had the foresight to insert certain clauses into his contract before an agreement was reached.

After all, the deal is potentially the second biggest in the club's history, and it is still at the expense of a much-needed central defender.

When Suarez is eventually allowed back onto a football pitch again in late October, there would be a certain amount of common sense in playing him alongside Neymar with Messi just in behind.

It could mean the abandonment of the 4-3-3 template from which Barcelona draw their inspiration, but if Luis Enrique is to succeed with such a group of players, then tactical variations dependant on opposition will have to become the norm.

For example, in the yellow shirt of Brazil Neymar strays slightly left of centre whilst Messi has continued to drop deeper for Argentina with devastating effect.

Throwing a proven, inventive and decisive goalscorer into a right-sided channel he has worked with aplomb at Anfield, can only enhance any opportunities that will present themselves.

Furthermore, all three can adapt to the demands of all of the attacking positions so a roving, interchangeable front line isn't beyond the realms of possibility.

Their deployment will be one of the most fascinating aspects of Barcelona's play next season.

How many sides both domestically and in Europe will be able to live with what is arguably going to be one of the greatest ever forward lines in football history?

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