Luis Suarez hasn’t featured in Barcelona’s side as much as was originally anticipated due to his World Cup suspension.
The Uruguay international first took the pitch in late October, and since then, he’s notched five goals in eighteen appearances—noticeably less than his strike rate with Liverpool last year.
In fact, toward the end of his 2013-14 campaign, his 0.93 goal-per-game strike rate was highest among all European players, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Suarez, though, cannot be fully blamed for his lack of dynamic scoring this season, considering the fact that Barca is stacked across the board.
Namely, superstar Lionel Messi has buried 22 league goals, while Neymar has exhibited his skill by enjoying arguably his best form since his Santos days.
Also an ex-Liverpool forward, Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres understands this phenomenon that has Suarez behind his expected pace.
“He is fundamental. [He does] the dirty work and the work that isn’t dirty. He is a very good player.
“You have to realise that Luis comes from making 50 goals in a team in which he was the one who made the goals. At Barça you have to start to substract that amount because Messi makes 50 a year. That is normal.
“There is a need to make more goals, he will do it. Against us in the match in the Calderón, that damage that was done to us was done by him.”
Suarez made the move to Camp Nou from Anfield for about $114.13 million (£75 million), and with that sort of price tag, one would assume a fair amount of consistent production over the course of the year. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old could end up serving a very significant purpose down the stretch when Barca tries to win the league and contend for the Champions League title.