During a recent article on this site regarding Robert Lewandowski, I outlined the reasons I felt Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang could consider himself very harshly done by should he find himself squeezed out of the Camp Nou by the Polish striker’s arrival.
Now, it looks like I don’t need to worry.
Barcelona coach Xavi has said the Gabon international is an integral part of his plans going forward and will not be leaving the Catalan giants.
Speculation had mounted lately that Auba may find himself surplus to requirements after the big summer signing of Lewandowski. Most recent reports suggested Chelsea were looking to lure the former Arsenal striker back to London, and back to the Premier League.
Xavi has other ideas.
Dario Sport reports the Barca head coach recently called Aubameyang ‘non-transferable’ and believes his attacking options are ‘perfectly covered’ at the moment. Xavi even hinted that Auba could occasionally partner his one-time Dortmund teammate when situations demanded it. This will no doubt me music to the ears of Auba, who recently expressed his enthusiasm at the prospect at being partnered with the former Bayern Munich hitman again.
It is music to the ears of many Cules, too. As I also previously wrote, Aubamyang reignited the club with his arrival this past January, helping to rocket it out of the doldrums as he hit 13 goals in just 23 appearances to end the season as his team’s joint top scorer, taking them from 9th place in LaLiga and helping them back into the Champions League. Casting him aside now would be cruel to say the least, not to mention bad business. Aubameyang still has plenty to offer the Catalan giants and deserves to be part of the impending glory about to erupt around the Camp Nou.
Now it looks as though he’ll get his chance.