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Braithwaite keeps up his fine form for Barcelona

Published on: 29 November 2020

Martin Braithwaite was one of the big surprises in Ronald Koeman's Barcelona team on Sunday and the Danish forward repaid the faith placed in him with an impressive display in the Catalan club's victory.

Koeman rewarded Braithwaite for his performance on Tuesday in Kyiv - he scored two and assisted one - with a place in the line-up for the visit of Osasuna. The Dutchman's decision paid dividends as Braithwaite opened the scoring with his first league goal of the season.

In doing so, the striker continued what has been a successful week for him with two starts, plenty of minutes, three goals and an assist. In Ukraine he got two for himself and laid another on for Sergino Dest, while against Osasuna he got things going in what was ultimately a comfortable 4-0 win.

The Dane hasn't been one of the protagonists for Barcelona in the league this season, with his start against Osasuna his first in LaLiga Santander this campaign and the first time he has registered more than 13 minutes in a game.

So far Koeman has only used Braithwaite when games were already wrapped up, but his midweek Champions League exploits earned him a starting berth on Sunday against the team from Pamplona, with the manager having been particularly impressed with the attitude and intensity of play from his team in Ukraine.

As the winter transfer window looms, Braithwaite is a player keen to remain at the club and he offers Koeman something different to the other attackers in his squad. The Dane wants to go down as a success at the Camp Nou and this week has certainly been one to remember.

Now Braithwaite will be hoping to keep getting these sorts of minutes, having shown Koeman what he can do when used from the start.

Source: m.allfootballapp.com

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