The signing of Antoine Griezmann in the summer by Barcelona from Atletico Madrid was one move that did not get the attention due to the high profile pursuit of Neymar by the club. However, if there is a forward that is highly underrated it is Griezmann.

The France International has developed under Argentine tactician Simeone in the past four seasons into a world-class performer. Playing in a front two as the link man between the midfield and attack, Griezmann’s ability on the ball has seen him turn into an effective finisher.

There was a period of time last season when he scored the winner in four consecutive matches. His performances at the 2018 World Cup also showed that he can also perform at the highest stage and fit into different tactics.

However, playing for a club like Barcelona is a different experience as the Catalan club are always expected to win while playing attractive football. In his debut game against Athletic Bilbao, Griezmann started on the right side of attack but switched to the middle after Suarez suffered an injury.

The second game at home to Real Betis was his best game for the club as he scored a brace from the middle and helped Barcelona come from behind to win 5-2. This suggested that his best position could be in the number 9 position. Playing in that role will mean that Suarez will be relegated to a different role.

Griezmann can play in a deeper role but this will also conflict with talisman Lionel Messi who loves to drop into pockets in the midfield. With Barcelona expected to be at full strength for the visit of Valencia, it will be interesting to see how Valverde utilizes the former Real Sociedad man. One thing is certain Griezmann is capable of succeeding at the club.