Patience is the key to Ousmane Dembélé’s development at Football Club Barcelona.
Recent rumblings within the football world have cast a shadow over Dembélé’s future with the Catalan giants, and whilst his debut season with Barcelona has failed to live up to the lofty expectations that many had for the youngster, the talent he possesses is undeniable. It’s only a matter of time before we see him reach his true potential.
Ousmane Dembélé has been directly involved in a goal once every 92.55 minutes for Barcelona across all competitions this season:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 9, 2018
1018 minutes ⏱
7 assists ️
4 goals ⚽️
Football transfer rumours are like the pages of a trashy celebrity magazine - mostly hype and little substance, but the mere fact that Dembélé’s name is being thrown around as a possible target for other clubs presents a problem with how his evolution is being perceived by both the media and fans.
The massive sum of 105 million euros has the ability to cloud the judgement of even the most level-headed of people. And so it is with Dembélé’s detractors. With such an astronomical fee paid by the Blaugrana it seems that any logic surrounding the abilities of this 20-year-old kid has been thrown out with the proverbial bath water.
Instead, we see a backlash against a player who’s suffered numerous injuries and has been forced to play in a number of unfamiliar roles. Perhaps it’s time we sat back and looked at the bigger picture here. Dembélé has showed flashes of brilliance but it’s clear he’s still very much a work in progress.
To put such great expectations into context, Barcelona B star, Carles Aleñá is just eight months younger than the French international yet the general consensus is that Aleñá is still an unfinished prospect. He, much like Dembélé, needs time to add a little shine to his game. Both men are expected to eventually become big time contributors for Barcelona but unlike Dembélé, Aleñá’s expectations are tempered by his lack of years.
The jury may still be out on the French flyer but if his performance in Barcelona’s 5-1 thrashing of Villarreal is anything to go by, his best form is well and truly worthy of his price tag. The level at which he played in that game showed just how high the ceiling is for a player with so little experience.
With the season drawing to a close we’re beginning to see the player Dembélé is to become. Any talk of a prospective move should be viewed as ridiculous. Dembélé is a player of the future and as the old saying goes; good things come to those who wait.