Luis Enrique has brushed off concern about striker Luis Suarez’s lack of goals in his first few months in Spain and is confident the Uruguay international will rediscover his scoring touch soon.
Suarez, who joined from Liverpool in the close season, has made 10 Spanish La Liga appearances so far since his ban for biting an opponent expired at the end of October, but has so far managed just two goals.
His return in the UEFA Champions’ League is significantly better, with two strikes notched in three games, and he has one goal in one game in the Spanish King’s Cup, and his wild shot over the crossbar from a few metres out in Wednesday’s King’s Cup quarter-final at home to Atletico Madrid was only the latest in a catalogue of misses.
Speaking ahead of Barca’s league game with Elche on Saturday, Enrique said he was sure Suarez would start to score more regularly and noted the 27-year-old made a valuable contribution with his movement off the ball and his tackling back.
“This is something that all forwards go through,” he told a news conference.
“It seems it’s just not happening for him but he brings a lot to the team,” added the former Barca and Spain midfielder.”
“It’s about adaptation, there is no magic formula. He is integrated perfectly into the team and we are not worried.”
“If I was worried I would tell you, but I am not. Would I like my strikers to score more goals? Of course!”