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Bournemouth and Barcelona: How things could easily go terribly wrong

We all hate to see it. Key players gradually flourishing and earning attention from the media for doing what they do best, when suddenly the unthinkable happens. The unthinkable being the daunting realisation that the team won’t be able to function properly without the said key player.

This is may be the case for both Bournemouth and Barcelona for the next few months at least.

Although the comparisons of the clubs may not be on the same scale, with Bournemouth making a debut appearance in the BPL and Barcelona winning countless European titles, they both share a piece of common ground in the fact that (arguably) their best player is now injured for a substantial period of time.

Callum Wilson of Bournemouth FC was having a dream start to his first season in the Premier League with 5 goals in 7 BPL games, offering 1 goal every 108 minutes, impressive for a player who was only playing for 3rd division Coventry 2 seasons ago. The highlight of the his Premier League campaign most definitely being a hat-trick against West Ham, claiming Bournemouth’s first win in a thrilling 4-3 victory.

 

Bournemouth FC, weak at the knees:

Sadly the dream of being a consistent goal scorer in England’s most prosperous division ended before it even began. In a disappointing 2-1 loss to Stoke City, Callum Wilson became injured due to an innocuous incident involving Stoke City defender Phillip Wollscheid. As a result of the incident, Callum Wilson is now left with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, in other words, his knee is incapable of being used. He is one of three Bournemouth players with similar critical knee injuries as both £8 million defender Tyrone Mings and £7 million winger Christian Atsu both became out of action in last months draw with Leicester City.

Since Callum Wilson’s departure from the first 11, Bournemouth have gained 3 points out of a possible 9 in the Premier League.

673 miles away, in sunny Barcelona, the worlds second best player, Lionel Messi, is currently suffering from an alike injury to that of Callum Wilson. Lionel Messi played a mere 3 minutes in Barcelona’s 2-1 home win against Las Palmas last weekend before being challenged by Pedro Bigas, causing a long-term injury to the Argentinian winger.

Messi is expected to miss 7-8 weeks worth of game time due to this injury, including crucial international games for Argentina with Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay and possibly Colombia in months to come.

Focal point players such as Wilson and Messi could be the difference between a win or draw for either of their teams, Callum Wilson’s 6 month injury may have already set Bournemouth’s fate in stone of being relegated from the Premier League, unless someone fills the very big shoes left behind.

To an extent, this is not the same for Barcelona as they will obviously not be nearing relegation come the end of May, but may be chasing the top spot, it’s not such a huge ordeal as it is to Bournemouth as Barcelona still possess the attacking prowess of both Suarez and Neymar, who have a combined goal tally of 6 goals in 5 La Liga games together.

Although, occurring to whoscored.com, Lionel Messi was the registered man of the match for 3 of the 5 games, which in itself says something.

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