When FC Barcelona bought Denis Suárez back from Villarreal two seasons ago, a lot was hoped from the former Barça B midfielder. However, despite flashes of brilliance, Suárez has yet to establish himself at Barcelona.
Ernesto Valverde has not used him terribly often this season, but it’s even worse these days. He’s out of the squad once again for the Las Palmas match. He’s not made the squad for four straight league games. He hasn’t played since January 17th in any competition. That day, he played against Espanyol in Barcelona’s 0-1 loss at Cornellà.
With the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, and the fact Andrés Iniesta is still there, there’s not a lot of space for an attacking midfielder on the left. The fact is Suárez is not as strong defensively, and that has made Valverde only trust him in one spot. A spot currently occupied by a legend and also the club’s record signing.
Theoretically Suárez could remain at Barcelona if Andrés Iniesta leaves next summer. But maybe Denis doesn’t want to stay even then. Napoli has been in for him a couple times. Unless something drastic changes, it seems Denis is destined to not feature much this season and to leave next summer.