Ousmane Dembele endured a problematic first season at Barcelona but after producing a special goal to win the Catalans the Spanish Super Cup, the Frenchman has started his second firing on all cylinders.
Dembele rifled home a long-range strike on Sunday to help Barcelona to a 2-1 win over Sevilla in Tangier and their first piece of silverware for the season.
However, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says he counts on Dembele and he started the forward alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez against Sevilla.
With Suarez and Messi both 31 and losing speed, if not quality, Dembele’s urgency could give Barcelona a vital outlet this season.
The forward is capable of using both feet equally well, his goal lashed home with his right foot even though he says his left is stronger.
With his injuries cleared up and a place in the side there taking, the onus is on Dembele to deliver this season and he has started as he means to go on.