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5 Bold Predictions for Luis Suarez's Debut Season with Barcelona

Jason PettigroveContributor IAugust 3, 2014

5 Bold Predictions for Luis Suarez's Debut Season with Barcelona

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    Luis Suarez won't be able to set foot on a football pitch until the end of October.
    Luis Suarez won't be able to set foot on a football pitch until the end of October.Julian Finney/Getty Images

    Luis Suarez's first season at Barcelona promises to be a real roller-coaster ride.

    Despite not being able to join the party until the end of August, the quirks of the La Liga calendar mean that his first performance in Blaugrana is likely to be away at Real Madrid.

    A real baptism of fire if ever there was one.

    Never a dull moment when the Uruguayan is around, we can be assured of more of the same during 2014-15.

    Let's take a look at five bold predictions for Suarez's opening campaign.

Sent off on Debut

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    Real Madrid will ensure that Suarez's debut is memorable, for the wrong reasons.
    Real Madrid will ensure that Suarez's debut is memorable, for the wrong reasons.David Ramos/Getty Images

    The first "El Clasico" of the season is always hotly anticipated.

    Once the fixtures were released, fate would decree that Real Madrid v Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu would fall just one day after Luis Suarez finishes his ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup.

    The entire football world will be waiting with bated breath to see just what an impact Suarez will have on proceedings, but his exuberance will get the better of him.

    A mistimed tackle rather than a malicious one will see him red-carded on his return to football, prompting headline writers everywhere to have a field day at the Uruguayan's expense.

Best Behaviour

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    Suarez is at the last-chance saloon.
    Suarez is at the last-chance saloon.Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

    After a first-game misdemeanour, and with the eyes of the world on his every move, Suarez has to be on his best behaviour for the rest of the season.

    The pressure on him to remain so will be extraordinary, especially given that we can be fairly sure that opponents will target him and try to ignite that notoriously short fuse.

    Knowing that this is the "last-chance saloon" as far as his professional career goes should ensure that Suarez maintains a focused and calm exterior.

Top Scorer in La Liga

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    Luis Suarez will sit atop the goalscoring charts.
    Luis Suarez will sit atop the goalscoring charts.David Ramos/Getty Images

    By the end of the 2013-14 season, Suarez was level with Cristiano Ronaldo on 31 goals. That was despite missing the start of the season because of his previous ban for biting.

    The English Premier League is noted for being a lot faster and more physical than La Liga, and it was a league that Luis Suarez positively thrived in.

    The slower and more technical nature of the Spanish league is likely to be manna from heaven for someone with the Uruguayan's nous and intelligence on a football pitch.

    With Lionel Messi supplying the inch-perfect passes, expect Suarez to be on the scoresheet more often than not.

Falling out with Lionel Messi

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    Suarez won't enjoy playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi.
    Suarez won't enjoy playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi.Alberto Saiz/Associated Press

    Lionel Messi is the undisputed king of Camp Nou.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic found that out to his cost, as did David Villa. In Suarez, Barca will have another high-class centre-forward willing to grab the headlines from the Argentine.

    However, Suarez's former coach Martin Lasarte told Sport via Martin Macdonald of Goal.com:

    Luis Suarez will not be the servant of Messi. I see Luis contributing collectively, but not as a servant to others.

    It's tremendous! In this attack there is talent, scoring power, personality and winning character.

    And a clash of personalities that could well derail the ambitions of manager Luis Enrique.

Will Become One of the Club Captains

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    To complete his rehabilitation, Suarez will become a club captain.
    To complete his rehabilitation, Suarez will become a club captain.Antonio Calanni/Associated Press

    Luis Suarez's rehabilitation and reputation will be restored once Barca offer him one of the club captaincies.

    Wearing the armband affords a certain responsibility, and it is one that Suarez will surely take seriously.

    Brendan Rodgers certainly had no hesitation in having the Uruguayan lead out Liverpool in the absence of Steven Gerrard.

    Per David Maddock of the Daily Mirror, Rodgers noted before a game against Tottenham Hotspur:

    Would Luis be ready for the captaincy? One hundred and fifty per cent. Absolutely.

    We shall see who will be captain. Daniel Agger is fit. He didn’t train at the start of the week because he was ill, but he has been training now and he’s available for selection.

    You’ll just have to wait and see what my decision is at White Hart Lane.

    It's likely that Luis Enrique will also see those leadership qualities and give him a swift chance at redemption.

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