Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has talked about the form of Ousmane Dembele.
The French winger joined the club back in 2018. He was brought in to replace Neymar.
However, Dembele has not lived up to the billing. The player has been out injured multiple times and when fit, he has not shown the right professionalism to demand a starting spot at the club.
His attitude towards the game has been questioned on multiple occasions but now his coach Ronald Koeman has defended the player.
“Ousmane is working well recently,” he said. “I agree that in the first half he lost the ball too many times.
“That’s also his way of playing, taking risks, coming inside, a lot of people in the middle … that’s why I said play more open, create space to try and play.
“He was better in the second half, in the 20 minutes he played. He’s another member of the squad working hard for his minutes. There is competition in attack and I can choose between seven or eight players.”
Dembele is Barcelona’s second-costliest signing ever having crossed the 100 million transfer barrier as a teenager and there is still a lot expected from him.