its disgusting, Valverde cared way too much for points and streak without a loss, he fucked Dembele over and didnt give any chance to a guy like Alena who's probably top talent around.
When Dembele played after injury, he was way too scared to do anything, kinda stood around the right wing, waited for the ball, passed it to the first guy and looked lost off the ball.
After Valverde started playing him more often with Semedo, his link up with Semedo was incredible, Dembele is so young yet his football intelligence is insane for a guy of that age.
People that dont pay much attention to what he does would think his main weapon is his insane speed and dribbling, but this guy has incredible vision, great feel for the game, can pass on a very good level, understands the space and movements of his players, game already slowed down for him, feels like he's a second ahead of defenders and knows whats going to happen.
But main issue with him is obviously confidence, if he has no confidence and gets no playing time in 5 straight matches, what do you expect?
He got crushed vs Sociedad, didn't do much, scored some very good goals and started looking like he's back to his best and then that shit happens, now there are all these reports he may be loaned out, seriously,
if Barca loans him out to create space for Griezmann they are even dumber than I thought.
I really hope he does recover in time for the WC and plays there confidently, his linkup with Mbappe could be major strength for France and could change the mind of shitters on Barca board of loaning him out.
He's ready to play every week, but you have to sacrifice Suarez or move Coutinho in midfield, you're wasting a WC talent by benching him.