Are Henry’s days at Barcelona numbered?

February 17, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/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?


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Certainly Guardiola’s decision to bring on Bojan instead of Henry against Atletico speaks volumes. His lack of playing time must be a worry for the French although you can’t see them dropping their captain. Maybe there is something else to it that we don’t know about. Not fully fit? Unpopular in the dressing room? Whatever the case, the speculation he might be headed for MLS next season refuses to go away.

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