World Soccer views and news
Are Henry’s days at Barcelona numbered?
Thierry Henry has cut a forlorn figure sitting on the bench during Barcelona’s last three La Liga matches, raising questions over the French striker’s future in Spain.
The 32-year-old struggled in his first year at the Nou Camp but was a key figure in their treble-winning campaign last season scoring 26 goals in all competitions.
But since the infamous ‘hand-of-Henry’ goal that helped France through to the World Cup finals instead of Ireland last November, he has steadily slipped out of contention with the European champions.
Injuries have played a part, but he has only started 12 league matches and scored just twice. Henry has been eclipsed on the left-side of Barca’s attacking trident by the explosive talents of Pedro.
On Sunday, with the side heading towards their first league defeat of the campaign away to Atletico Madrid, coach Pep Guardiola once again passed over the France captain.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi and Pedro already on the pitch it was another youngster Bojan Krkic who was thrown on for the final charge rather than the experienced former Arsenal man.
Henry has one year left on his contract, and the man who pushed so hard to sign him, president Joan Laporta, steps aside for a new face to be elected at the end of this season.
Guardiola proved himself to be ruthless when it came to getting rid of Samuel Eto’o last year, claiming he wanted to freshen up the squad. Will Henry be his next victim?