The problem with Ousmane Dembele

Mercurial. Erratic. Enigmatic. Wasted transfer. Sloppy. A great many adjectives are attached to the player that is Ousmane Dembele, who arrived at FC Barcelona with a massive price tag and even greater expectations, coming as he did right after the departure of Neymar, and one of two purchases with that windfall, the other being Philippe… Continue reading The problem with Ousmane Dembele

Dembele, Barça and the idea of “football IQ”

Thinking back to the days of Alex Song, the most often-heard negative comment about him usually featured the word “positioning,” a nebulous concept that often presumed the person using it knew what was being asked of him. “He’s terrible with positioning. Waste of money.” We see other phrases and terms such as that used about… Continue reading Dembele, Barça and the idea of “football IQ”