Legendary Barcelona striker gives advice to Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona's French forward Ousmane Dembele (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Barcelona's French forward Ousmane Dembele (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images) /

Legendary striker, Andriy Shevchenko, gave Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele some much-needed finishing advice ahead of his international game against Ukraine.

The former AC Milan striker and current coach of the Ukraine national team is currently awaiting the match against Didier Deschamps’ French side. Shevchenko was confident in the pre-match interview and even gave Barcelona winger, Dembele, some advice for his finishing.

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The ex-Borussia Dortmund player has not lived up to his potential at the Catalan capital however, after the arrival of Ronald Koeman, he has become a lot more involved in games and it seems like he will finally show his true self.

The Dutch manager had intended to sell Dembele but the winger wanted to stay on and now he has become one of Koeman’s main player. His chances came after Ansu Fati got injured and the manager needed another winger.

Now Dembele even plays as a lone striker sometimes and his pace is the attribute that makes him very dangerous for the opposition. However, although he has been given a lot of starts this season, his statistics in front of the goal are not very good.

 Andriy Shevchenko gives his advice to Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele

He has scored only four goals in 22 appearances in the league and has only managed to provide two assists. He has five more goals in all competitions however, this figure is extremely low when compared to his price tag. Dembele’s main problem is his finishing and he ends up wasting a lot of chances that he creates.

Shevchenko has noticed this flaw within the player and was kind enough to give the youngster some much-needed words of encouragement. He said in the pre-match press conference,

"“I’m in a position where I’d rather you didn’t score!”“He is a very talented young player, who needs to be a little more patient when it comes to concluding. You must seize the opportunities you have and work a little more, ”Source MundoDeportivo"

Dembele will surely keep this advice in his head as Shevchenko was one of the best strikers in his prime and even won the Ballon d’Or in 2004. The French player will battle alongside his team for the Copa del Rey and the La Liga till the end of the season and Barcelona will really benefit if the player starts finding the back of the net regularly.

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Do you think Ousmane Dembele will find his shooting boots soon?