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Ronald Koeman urges Barcelona to sign new striker in January

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has urged the club to bring in a new striker in the January transfer window, believing the squad is still missing another ‘number nine’.

Barca have plunged into the transfer market to sign a new striker in each of the last two winter windows, bringing Kevin-Prince Boateng a short-term loan in 2019 and spending € 18m on Martin Braithwaite this time around. latest.

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Martin Braithwaitr joined Barca last January | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

Boateng has only played three times in La Liga and failed to score, while Braithwaite notched three goals in 24 appearances in his first 12 months at Camp Nou.

Barca have only scored once in a narrow victory over lower club Huesca for the 2021 kick-off and have been limited to one goal or less in nine of their 16 La Liga games so far this season.

Speaking after the Huesca game, Koeman explained that Barca “… need someone at the top to have more competition and goals.” But whether club officials will be able to sign deals ahead of presidential elections later this month could hamper those plans.

As quoted by the Daily Mail, he added: “I trust every player on our team. But if we choose to have three midfielders, there is room for three forwards.

Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele
Koeman asked for greater depth at the top | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

‘With Leo [Messi] we bet on someone with great depth like [Ousmane] Dembele, and you have to choose between Martin or Antoine [Griezmann] at the top and Martin did it.

“It’s a [number] nine that we are missing in these matches but that does not mean anything regarding the replacement of Antoine. We have a lot of games and we need all the players.

Griezmann has only started one of Barcelona’s last three La Liga games and was pulled out early after just over an hour in the one he nodded for – a 1-1 draw with Eibar in the middle of the table.

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Antoine Griezmann fights for form | Eric Alonso / Getty Images

Griezmann has played across the front line this season as Koeman tries to find the best form for his struggling side, but the France international has only scored three league goals.

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