Different with the method they have anticipated, the newcomer of Barcelona is football royalty. Going through the concourse from Camp Nou and standing with smile, Kevin-Prince takes his new No. 19 shirt. Among all football clubs he had stayed with, the tenth is the strongest one. He had played for nine football clubs prior to put on Barcelona kit, such as Hertha, Tottenham, Dortmund, Portsmouth, etc. It is surprised that the former footballer in left field will take the position of center-forward. Such a condition is beyond expectations of most people.
After his signing with Barcelona in Liga bbva, Boateng believed that it is a great opportunity. The footballer himself hasn’t expected he could become a member of Barcelona. Before this signing, he was told that he was going to Milan, so he thought it was just a joke. Some Spanish people have astonished to the consequence, upon hearing the breaking news. Some headlines of papers came with exclamation marks, which also indicate most people were surprised about it.
Having been searching for a back-up forward for a long time, the newcomer shall be able to take some pressure. In the meantime, Luis Suárez intended to leave the club. There were also clear criterion when they are finding suitable footballers. On the one hand, Barcelona would like a skilled player, contributing to the team his part from the start; on the other hand, the back-up footballer should be cheap, because they could not afford an expensive and famous footballer.
Considering the special needs, the newcomer may leave easily, so the team would not like arouse any problems. Such problems should have been estimated in the summer. Barcelona didn’t expect that Antoine Griezmann would like to stay at Atlético. The defeat of Champions League in Roma last year disappointed all Barcelona’s men, it is a great regret at the end of the season. In addition, the defeat also ruined joys of a domestic double.
Suárez confirmed that he hoped to see more options before the night. Barcelona didn’t rest their hope on winning the Champions League. No only number, but also personality are what they needed. After Munir El Haddadi left, they are aware that he was not the support forward, so they cast a glimpse to the market.
Álvaro Morata was one option, but he was too expensive, and Barcelona side could not make sure the middle and long term effects of him. Cristhian may be a perfect person to take the position of a substitute, but the buy-out cost is too high for them. In the end, they considered Boateng’s level and ability, too.
Although he had not been given the No. 9 shirt, Boateng played the role of a center-forward. His arrival also indicated some improvisation and some uncertainty of Barcelona’s plan. It also emphasized the significance of planning. Besides Real Madrid and Barcelona, there are also many other football clubs could dominate the league. So the football club have to face the result of their expenditure. Over the summer, total salaries of all Barcelona’s men turned down to €28m.