The front page of today’s edition of Spanish football newspaper Sport says that Lionel Messi is set to play in a deeper position this season.
Messi impressed for Argentina early on in the World Cup but then people began to notice how little he was running, almost on a par with Brazil’s immovable object up front, Fred.
So this has encouraged new Barca boss Luis Enrique to deploy Messi in a deeper position on the pitch, behind the strikers rather than leading the line.
This will allow Messi to still be influential but without doing the work that we’ve come to expect from the Argentinian, worn out by a decade in the Barca first team.
So Sport think that his role in the future will be more about assists than goals, something Paul Morissey said in a recent article he wrote about how Messi’s on-pitch evolution could help new boy Luis Suarez.