Ousmane Dembélé has had trouble hitting the ground running after coming over from Borussia Dortmund to FC Barcelona for a mouth-watering sum.
The 20-year-old winger has been affected by injuries and adaptation issues, but he seems back on the right track after notching an assist in Barça’s 6-1 triumph over Girona.
His teammates are clearly trying to get him comfortable in the team, as the winger could prove very important in Barcelona’s quest for another treble.
Two influential, veteran players were seen applauding him as the French international took a shot. The crowd also chanted encouragement specifically for him.
ايفان راكيتيتش وجيرارد بيكيه رفقة جماهير الكامب نو يدعمون عُثمان ديمبيلي بعد كل فرصة خلال مباراة جيرونا #BarcaGirona pic.twitter.com/Xy9PTP9ZHS— FCB Media (@Barcelona_M19) February 26, 2018
Notably also, Luis Suárez went straight to Dembélé after the Uruguayan turned in a pass from the Frenchman into the net. Dembélé didn’t expect it at first, turning and running back to his half for the re-start, but he heard Suárez chasing him down and turned around to hug his teammate.
The Uruguayan also gave advice to Dembélé as well as fellow newcomer Philippe Coutinho, instructing them in the Barcelona way:
Here's Luis Suarez being a dad to both Dembélé and Coutinho last Saturday. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/JAKGkDWVWu— Futbol Of Messi (@FutbolOfMessi) February 26, 2018