Barcelona did not expect their big money signing Ousmane Dembele to have such a slow and sluggish start with the team.
The Catalans, who are the sole leaders in LaLiga and finalists of the Copa del Rey, have so far survived without the Frenchman, who arrived in the summer from Borussia Dortmund for 105 million euros.
His signing was the consolation that club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board found in the market to compensate the sudden departure of Neymar.
Dembele arrived to be a starter alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, however his muscular injuries have prevented him from joining in on much of the action, as he has been sidelined more than he has been available (only playing 294 competitive minutes).
After almost a month of suffering, and yet another injury, the Frenchman made his latest comeback appearance against Getafe on Sunday.
Ernesto Valverde gave him half an hour to contribute to a team that was missing their spark throughout the entire match, but his football was not as dazzling as usual, failing to make a difference for the Blaugrana. In fact, he lost possession a whopping 13 times in less than 30 minutes.
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Inside the club, there is no rush in adapting Dembele to the team.
"Our setup is complete, so we can allow him to come in little by little," Barcelona officials have said of the Frenchman in recent weeks.
However, Barcelona are putting in their full efforts to protect his the player's career. Every detail is important to understand Dembele's adaptation to his new club.
The 20-year-old has no close family around him day to day and arrive at training sessions with the help of a driver. In addition, countryman Samuel Umtiti is his only great support from within the squad.
Dembele cost a fortune, but in the end, inside a team with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique, the price does not matter as much.
Turning 21 in May, Barcelona will need to have patience with the Frenchman and avoid adding any further pressure on the player.
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