Despite the disappointing draw away at Granada on Saturday, Barcelona will be glad to see Luuk de Jong’s form improve, while Dani Alves’ return has given them another full-back option.
De Jong struggled in the first half of the season, but he has scored twice in as many games in the new year, providing the Catalans with a much-needed attacking reference point.
In the case of Dani Alves, his debut against Linares in the Copa del Rey was backed up with another good performance at Granada, showing that, even at 38 years of age, he can still be a dependable outlet.
The January transfer window has opened but Barcelona’s pulling power is very much limited due to their financial woes, so the veteran duo’s form is pivotal to achieving their goals in what remains of the campaign.
De Jong scored the winner at Mallorca last week, and as well as his goals, the striker is showing that he is eager and confident to help the team.
His rise to form comes at a time when he is being linked with a January departure, as well as the arrival of another forward in the form of Ferran Torres.
Dani Alves’ appearance at Granada at 38 years and 247 days makes him the oldest player to play for Barcelona in LaLiga Santander.
He takes that particular landmark away from former goalkeeper Pinto, who featured for the Catalans at 38 years and 190 days.