But Griezmann is still capable of making the difference, especially in Lionel Messi 's absence, so we must wait and see if he can get adapt to Barca's system. Griezmann has the quality to succeed at the club. Both were playing great football when they arrived at the club but didn't manage to replicate it at Barcelona.
Coutinho joined Barcelona in the January transfer window for a club-record fee from Liverpool , but the Brazilian failed to replicate the form he showed on Merseyside, and he was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich this term. Griezmann has netted 14 goals in 37 appearances this season for Barcelona, so it would be harsh to call him a flop.
However, there's a sense the Blaugrana have yet to unlock his full potential at the Camp Nou. However, it feels at times as though the two players are looking to occupy similar areas of the field, as they each are at their best when dropping into space off the front of the attack.
Football journalist Musa Okwonga has said he's unsure whether the signing will ultimately bear fruit:. But that could derail what Griezmann had hoped to be a straightforward summer switch. When on May 14 Griezmann advised manager Diego Simeone that he would be seeking a new challenge in summer, it was widely assumed that a move to Barca was a fait accompli. He had deferred a move to Catalonia the summer previous in the form of a self-regarding video and instead committed to a new five-year contract at Atleti.
This summer however and the winds of change are blowing through the Wanda Metropolitano. That was met with indignation from Atleti, who issued a strong statement on Saturday against Barca and their once-beloved forward. Atleti revealed that Barca and Griezmann connived in March to agree to personal terms having been in contact since the month previous.
The World Cup winner was instead pictured on board a yacht off Ibiza, sipping a bottle of beer with — seemingly — not a care in the world. Coincidentally, Neymar pulled the same ruse just 24 hours later with PSG not happy about their star turn failing to report for duty. He will be disciplined by Atleti with a hefty fine reported to be coming his way. Griezmann is in a kind of limbo. Barca are widely seen as his next destination but they have had their heads turned by Neymar.
Do Barca rate Griezmann as highly as they do Neymar? But he is not Messi and he is not Neymar. He has scored consistently for Atleti — their go-to guy as Diego Costa struggled for form and discipline — and is a key man for the national team too. Right at the top edge, however, and Griezmann could be said to be lacking something. He would be a decorative player at best — especially in a line-up alongside Messi, where Neymar played second-fiddle when he was arguably better than he is now.
And now their futures appear to be entwined.