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Fans send Valverde message as Dembele stars in win

Fans send message to Valverde as Dembele stars in comeback win vs Rayo Vallecano

November 3, 2018 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The French starlet came off the bench to instigate the turnaround for Barcelona.

Fans of Barcelona have sent an honorable request to Ernesto Valverde to consider following Dembele's performance against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. The 21-year-old winger replaced Brazilian midfielder Rafinha in the 52nd minute and saw his side trail by a goal five minutes later via Alvaro Garcia.

With Barcelona struggling to get past the bullish host, the impact of the former Borussia Dortmund prodigy was felt three minutes away from the 90th-minute mark. The World Cup winner smashed home a ball which bounced off the chest of Gerard Pique inside Valladolid's penalty area to tie the game at 2-2, setting the comeback in motion.

Fresh from the hat-trick against Real Madrid, Luis Suarez – who struck first for Barcelona – then added the deciding goal three minutes later. As a result, the Uruguayan forward moved to the top of the Pichichi chart with nine goals after 11 La Liga matches.

For Ousmane Dembele, the goal boosted his reputation as the savior of Ernesto Valverde's side in moments of need in recent weeks. Despite failing to break into Barcelona's starting eleven, the French winger has so far contributed four goals in11 matches across all competitions this season.

While some fans acknowledge the Dembele's inconsistency, many also believe he has done enough to merit a starting berth from Valverde. Below are the reactions of some fans following the young forward's exploit in Saturday night's game:

Addressing reporters after the win, Ernesto Valverde commended Dembele for his effort after coming on from the bench. 

"He gives us a lot in the final third, he is great in 1 on 1, we are expecting a lot from him.

"He scored a goal and helped us win the match."

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