Originally posted by kunged:
Neymar is very similar to what they have at the moment, Barca's issue is that they can't adjust their style of play and are rather one-dimensional, albeit a very good dimension.
Neymar has looked incredible playing in Brazil, but that is Brazil and coming in to the Champions League is several steps up from that. Tbh, I think he will struggle, time will tell on that one.
I think they need more defenders (across the back four) and IMO a RB who is stronger in defence then Alves
Barca is not lookin' to change their attack. They want to do a better job at what they have been doing...because they have been the most successful team for 6 years. Neymar fits into that beautifully. A) He is natural at attackin from the left and won't be lookin' to play in the Center like Ibra or Villa. B) He has great control when he dribbles and that is crucial when playing in tight spaces as Barca likes to play. C) He is a terrific passer as well, whereas Ibra, Villa, and Sanchez don't have the same touch when passing the ball; therefore struggled.
IMO, it's the perfect fit. There is no point in trying to add someone so Barca can play a different style. As long as Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets are playing in the mid-field, Barca can't play another style and succeed.
Also, even though there is a huge step up for Neymar from what he faced at Santos, he has played well for Brazil on the international stage. Teams like Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Bayern were interested in him and we know Real Madrid offered twice as much to him and to Santos than what Barca paid for him. A lot of highly qualified coaches are advising these franchises, so it may take him a year...but I've no doubt in his skills.
Summer transfer period has just begun. Barca needed someone who will draw a defense attn from Messi and Neymar is exactly that guy. With that addressed, I'm pretty sure they will go out and get a top CB and there is a 50-50 chance that Alves is sent to Monaco. They paid only 28M to Santos for Neymar transfer...they will have the money to go out and get the right guy. I'll not go out and get a RB though. I really like Montoya who has been exceptional for the International team. It's time to give him the starting role.