Paco Alcacer and Andre Gomes are finding it hard to adapt to Barcelona. Both summer signings were expected to hit the ground running given their effectiveness while defending Valencia's colours but, unfortunately, they have not yet found a way to make a positive impact at Barca.
Alcacer came to Barcelona as the long-awaited fourth forward Barca had been desperately missing since the departure of Pedro Rodriguez to Chelsea. Despite the €30 million that the Blaugranas paid Valencia for his services, Alcacer has yet to find the opponents' net and, more worryingly, has not shown a decent understanding of Barca's attacking mechanisms as yet.
Andre Gomes was, realistically, not going to be a regular starter ahead of either Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic or Sergio Busquets this season. Having said that, the expectation was that the €35 million Barcelona paid Valencia as a transfer fee would at least give Luis Enrique another reliable option in midfield. However, Gomes is currently finding himself behind Rafinha and Denis Suarez behind the Asturian manager's pecking order.
Alcacer and Gomes must improve if they are to ever become key players at Barcelona. Their slow adaptation to the Camp Nou giants' style is certainly not a positive but, hopefully, they will gradually become more effective as weeks go by.
Luis Enrique has full trust in their abilities and continues to grant them valuable playing time whenever possible, which is great news for the former Valencia stars.
Looking forward for visible improvements in the near future.
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