Joan Laporta, the president of Barcelona, has acknowledged in an interview with Santi Nolla, director of Mundo Deportivo that the club want to sign a striker.
Mundo Deportivo report that the Barça hierarchy believe that the squad has lost goals despite the arrival of Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 25 of the team’s 76 goals in all competitions this season.
In La Liga, the drop in goals is evident. Barça are league leaders with eight more goals (46) than they scored at the same time last season with 24 games played, but with a lower number than in the previous 10 campaigns.
The most productive season was 2012-13, when they scored 80 goals at the same point. In 2018-19, the Blaugrana netted 61 goals, 15 goals more than this season’s tally. They have broken the record for the fewest number of goals conceded, enabling them to win 1-0 on several occasions under Xavi.
From 112 goals in the 2011-12 campaign, there was a drop to 80 in 2019-20 that has not been rectified despite the presence of Lewandowski. Lionel Messi’s departure has been felt too.
The problem also lies in the fact that the rest of the forwards are not producing the expected numbers either. Ansu Fati has struggled in front of goal due to injuries. Ferran Torres has also failed to come up with goals at Camp Nou.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN