Neymar and Lautaro Martinez have been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona. We use Opta data to see who would best suit the Catalans.
Football may be on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Barcelona are reportedly already planning their transfer business ahead of the window reopening.
The LaLiga champions have been short of options up top this term as a result of injury lay-offs for Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele and reinforcements are being sought.
Two players continue to be continually linked with a switch, with Barca supposedly torn between a move for Inter striker Lautaro Martinez or ex-Camp Nou favourite Neymar.
Martinez has once again starred for Inter this season and the possibility of a move to Catalonia has been talked up by compatriot Lionel Messi.
But speaking earlier this week, Rivaldo claimed Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar would be a better option for his former club given his added experience.
Using Opta stats, we compare the form of the two players in all competitions this season and establish just who would be the better signing for Barcelona.
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) March 14, 2020
Whoever Barcelona bring in to lead the line, they will need to have the ability to link up with others in the final third and continue getting the best out of star man Messi.
But first and foremost, Quique Setien’s side need a goalscorer that can find the net and make a difference in key games.
Both Neymar and Martinez have the ability to do just that, scoring 18 and 16 goals respectively in all competitions this term.
However, Neymar has played nine games fewer than Martinez, giving him a minutes-per-goal ratio of 106 compared to 152.
There is little between the two players in terms of where their goals are scored, each netting two apiece from strikes outside the penalty box this term.
Neymar is comfortable using both feet to find the net, though, using his left foot seven times and his right 10 times to beat the opposition goalkeeper.
Inter striker Martinez, by comparison, has only managed a couple of goals with his weaker left.
But the Argentina international is better in the air, the stats suggest, given he has scored three headed goals in 2019-20 – two more than Neymar.
— Inter (@Inter_en) November 23, 2019
The deciding factor in which of the two players Barcelona should sign may well come down to their relationship with Messi.
Neymar knows Messi well from his previous four-year stint at Camp Nou, while Martinez regularly links up with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner at international level.
In terms of pure team play, this is another category Neymar edges having assisted nine goals this season, with Martinez lagging behind on two.
The desire to win
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) March 15, 2020
BIG GAME CREDENTIALS
If Barcelona are to spend a nine-figure sum on a player, they will expect to be reimbursed with goals in big matches and at key moments in games.
It is arguably Martinez’s form on the biggest club stage of them all, the Champions League, that has fuelled rumours of a move to Barcelona.
The 22-year-old scored in four successive Champions League games during the group stage, making him the fifth Argentinian player to do so, though it was not enough to prevent Inter from exiting the competition.
PSG remain alive and well in the competition and that is in large down to Neymar, who scored in both legs of the last-16 comeback win against Borussia Dortmund.
In fact, since joining the French giants in 2017, Neymar has been involved in a goal every 70 minutes in UEFA’s showpiece competition.
It is that ability to have a say on the biggest matches, plus his individual brilliance and underrated ability to set up others, which just gives Neymar the edge over Martinez at this moment in time.
Saint Etienne Employs Yvan Neyou full-Time
Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com-Cameroon
Multiple French champions Saint – Etienne have completed the full acquisition of midfield metronome Yvan Neyou, for three and a half seasons from Braga SC.
On Wednesday, the 10 times French Champions activated the option to make the starlet’s loan move permanent, for a reported fee of 200 000 €.
The 23-year-old has been head and shoulders above expectations, the reason why he’s moved from Sporting Braga to Saint Etienne, and is now valued at 2.5 M €.
Neyou now owes his services to Saint Etienne till 2024.
The Cameroonian, has appeared in nine of the first ten days of the French Ligue 1.
He has confirmed in recent weeks his excellent debut of the season with the ‘Greens’.
His standout moments were in the final of the Coupe de France against Paris Saint-Germain. He entered with a quarter of an hour left, and surprised with the ease, he played the game.
Neyou had formerly only been good in the previous seasons for the Braga reserve team.
The lad, born in Douala, passed through INF Clairefontaine. Before arriving Saint-Etienne via BRAGA FC, he had passed through Auxerre, Sedan Fc and Laval
In his own words after putting pen to paper, Neyou said: “the confidence of the coach, staff, and managers encourages me to give even more for the club and brings me serenity. Saint-Étienne offered me the opportunity to relaunch my career.
I’d do all not to be a flop’, Neyou ended.
Stephane Bahoken Doubles For Angers Against Nimes
Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com-Cameroon
Indomitable Lions goal – hunter Stephane Bahoken scored a brace for his club Angers, away to Nimes on Match day 10 of the French league 1.
There could not be a better time to add to his tally of two goals for the Cameroon International.
His two goals on Sunday now steps the former Strasbourg’ man to four goals and one assist, in 8 games in the French league 1.
Angers moves to mid-table (9) on the log, two points off champions League placed Rennes (3), on 18 points.
This comes to make the 28-year-old feel better. Stephane Bahoken was taken into police custody for domestically abusing his partner on October 27.
Stephane Bahoken will be leaking his lips to perhaps start as the first-choice striker when Cameroon battles Mozambique on November 12.
Lyon vs Monaco: Toko Ekambi now scoring in two’s
Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com-Cameroon
Goal droughts are now distant rumours for Cameroon’s 28-year-old wing-man, Karl Toko Ekambi, who now scores in two’s.
The 2017 AFCON winner got his second season double against Monaco, in match day 8 of the French league 1 championship on Sunday 25.
The former Villarreal and SCO Angers man had two bites at the cherry in his team’s 4-1 victory over Monaco, other goals coming from Memphis Depay and Housem Aouar.
Ekambi’s first of the game came at the 34th minute, with the second following only 10 minutes after (44th).
Lyon’s victory over Monaco takes them mid-table, with a chance to push for a more comfortable position on match day 9 against second on the log Lille.
Successive doubles against Strasbourg and Monaco, can only add Ekambi’s confidence going ahead, especially as he is tied on 6th place of top scorers in the French league 1.
Toko Ekambi’s tally of 17 goals back in the 2017/18 campaign remains his all time best by none.
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