Martin Braithwaite has impressed local media and fans during training prior to Barcelona’s meeting with Real Madrid. The Danish forward has only played a few minutes since signing from Leganés, but Barça’s crisis in the forward line might mean he has a chance to start el clásico.
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We have spoken exclusively with Philip Michael, his uncle about what we can expect should Braithwaite either start or come off the bench.
“I have no doubt he’s gonna have serious impact. There’s no nervousness in him, he scored against Real and Barcelona [soon after arriving] in la Liga. He’s more than capable—and last game proves that,” he said.
Braithwaite made his transfer to Leganés from Middlesbrough on January 3rd, 2019. He made his debut on the 9th, and scored against Real Madrid in a 1-0 Copa del Rey win on the 16th. And then, he netted against Barcelona in La Liga on the 20th in a 3-1 loss.
He signed for Barcelona this winter after Ousmane Dembélé reinjured himself, allowing the Catalans to sign an emergency replacement outside of the transfer window.
“Don’t be surprised if he scores twice. I’m not biased just because he’s family. I’ve seen this movie before,” said Michael, who is a New York-based real estate developer, ex-TV/radio host, and bestselling author.
Braithwaite has been tipped by Spanish media to start el clasico, while Diario SPORT of Barcelona has called him “the secret card.”