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Barcelona's Brazilian replacement for Villa they already own

If Barcelona do flog David Villa at the end of the season then they already own a Brazilian who they can try to replace him with.

Keirrison is a name that passionate Barcelona supporters will know all about. A dynamic Brazilian forward who has been a loan boy ever since he joined the club in 2009.

It’s clear the Spanish giants clearly see something in him which they really like, the sort of player who can lead the attack at Barcelona for several seasons once their current firepower starts to run out.

He’s currently on his fifth loan spell away from Barca with Coritiba, the club he originally started his professional football career with.

If David Villa does leave the club this summer as expected then Keirrison could well be called back to the Nou Camp, originally as cover for the more experienced and higher profile players.

However, Barca have always given their best young talent a chance to shine in the first team and it’s up to the Brazilian to make himself indispensible to the club once this chance comes.

He’s yet to make his competitive debut for Barcelona which suggests when they bought him, it was originally planned as an investment as he needed to develop his core skills with regular first team football.

The overlying worrying factor which Barca face is the fact that any other top European club could offer him a way out and the chance to play regular football, and on a big stage.

He’s also not a prolific striker with his best spell being the ten goals in 27 games that he scored while on loan at Santos.

The success that Lionel Messi has had at Barcelona has created a hunger and a desire for that superstar who can bang in goals at a rate greater than one per game.

What this suggests is that Keirrison would be used in a similar way to Villa, as a sort of impact player who can come in and support more important players, helping to take a little of the pressure off.

However, the fact he’s never played for Barcelona could ironically work in the club’s favour because he could, at the very least, want to give things a go in a Barca shirt just to see if he’s got what it takes.

Does Keirrison have a future at Barcelona?

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