Barcelona chief Deco uses Núñez and Isak examples to launch defence of Vitor Roque

Barcelona sporting director Deco has today moved to launch a stern defence of frontman Vitor Roque.

Brazilian international Roque, of course, sealed his long-awaited move to Catalunya last month, after the powers that be at Barcelona negotiated a fast-tracked deal with their counterparts at Athletico Paranaense.

The youngster, still just 18, went on to endure something of a difficult start to life in Spain, struggling for minutes under the watch of boss Xavi amid media claims that his adaptation period was not going exactly according to plan.

The last week, however, has seen Roque put to bed any concerns surrounding his long-term prospects.

After opening his account in Blaugrana colours within 60 seconds of being introduced off the bench to prove himself match-winner against Osasuna, the attacker followed up with his 2nd in two games against Alavés at the weekend.

Speaking during an interview with La Vanguardia – as cited by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano – earlier today, the aforementioned Deco, in turn, made use of the opportunity to hit back at Roque’s early detractors.

Pointing towards the fees paid by Liverpool and Newcastle United for Darwin Núñez and Alexander Isak respectively, the Barcelona chief was adamant that his side’s hefty outlay for their own breakthrough striker will prove to be money well spent over time.

“You killed the kid before he started playing,“ Deco began.

“Liverpool signed Darwin Núñez for €90m, Newcastle paid €70m for Isak. The price analysis should be done in some time. It wasn’t too expensive, we paid [the] right money for a player we needed.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

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