“Just when I thought I’ve seen it all” said Nahki Wells after Bet365 tweeted in jest the coincidence of Burnley recalling their on loan striker from QPR as news broke out that Barcelona are looking for a temporary replacement goalscoring centre forward for the injured Luis Suarez.
Obviously we’ve contacted the relevant parties (ie the Sun & Daily Star) to quash any such rumours but as I sat in the car driving back from my office yesterday on hearing the news breakout through my WhatsApp group (thanks Daz) why did I think to myself…. “This is not such a bad idea after all”…?
OK I am not saying that Barcelona should contact Sean Dyche on the possibility of the unwanted striker at Turf Moor taking the next Ryanair Flight from Manchester Airport to El Prat, but… for a temporary fix they could do worse for a much bigger investment?
After all it’s no secret that Barcelona create chances. They have 50 goals this season in La Liga (more than anyone) and in Griezman and Messi have two of the best most creative forwards in world football right now. But without Suarez they offer less goal threat than with him, someone to finish things off from close range and someone to do the hard work running off the ball whilst Messi & Greizy do their thing is just what they need.
Enter Nahki Wells a hard working arse in your face kind of player who likes to find little pockets within the 18 yard box forever moving to get that half a yard for himself and break free of his markers to does what he does best.
In the Championship loaned out and unsuited to the style of play Burnley want to operate within Wells joined Mark Warburton’s QPR, the Barcelona of Shepherd’s Bush no less, a team that play the right way with a style of football perhaps suited to one that Quique Setien prefers?
Wells under Warbs has scored 13 Championship goals this season and 15 in 29 games in all competitions and is a player that has historically ‘found the net’ no matter what level, that was until he signed for Burnley.
But as we know Burnley aren’t Barcelona… They don’t provide their strikers with unlimited chances per game, they don’t have Messi or Greizman, they don’t dictate possession with 80 sometimes 90% of the play… Put Wells up front in that team and surely he would score goals?
I’m all for team dynamics, ok Nahki Wells is not Luis Suarez.. He is not a world class centre forward and he’s not really warranted a high profile move to Barcelona just yet… But if I said to you I’ve got an international striker (all be it for Bermuda) who’s scored 12 goals in 19 caps and a player who’s scored 128 goals in 358 games and one who plays in a similar way in and around the box to Suarez (all be it not as good) you would probably stop to listen?
Of course we can all get snobbish about what we think is a superstar and the kind of player we believe should be linked to these super clubs but the next best thing might not always be the one? Moussa Dembele £100m for example? Or Nahki Wells on loan from Burnley? A much cheaper ‘gamble’ in my eyes?
Ok it didn’t work out for Real Madrid when they signed Julian Faubert from West Ham and Barca signing Gerard Delofeau back from Watford wasn’t the brightest bit of business either but for a side needing a short term fix in looking for someone to score goals than why not one that at least knows where the net is?
Barcelona next face Leganes in the Cup before hosting Levante in the league, a tricky trip to Betis is followed by home bankers against Getafe and Eiber…. Are you saying Nahki Wells couldn’t score against any of them?
Ok my point might be disillusioned if ever this did happen (although it won’t) over long term but with Wells being a regular natural goalscorer imaginably buoyed by a crazy and likely impossible move to the Nou Camp he would i’m sure find another level no doubt and confidence as we all know is key to successful footballers. I take that after 6 weeks or more people might think that this fella is not really Barca quality, but strikers know better than anyone that goalposts don’t move and give him a chance with the service he’s bound to get I don’t see why he couldn’t score in the famous blaugrana.
I repeat it probably won’t (and shouldn’t) ever happen but if it does, like the old pipe dream of Tony Pulis’s Stoke playing Champions League football on a Tuesday night it would certainly be something worth seeing and as we would back Stoke with a Rory Delap throw in against anyone in the world at the Britannia why not back a Championship goal getter to get goals in what really is nothing more than a crap league with the odd world class player creating you numerous chances for one of the biggest and best football teams.
So whilst Wells to Barcelona might be a joke? They’ve certainly had worse players in their clubs fine history like former Middlesbrough legend Fabio Rochemback who would vouch that even he could score in La Liga.