Starting in Barcelona was bound to be difficult for Luis Suarez, notably after his suspension for his famous bite in the World Cup. And much criticism was initially poured on him after his impressive goal-scoring record from Liverpool has not followed suit in Barcelona.
But as much as Suarez is a dislikeable character, his work ethic and skills call for respect, and that has now finally begun to shine through in an FC Barcelona whose South American attacking trio of Neymar-Messi-Suarez looks ever more awesome.
Yesterday Barcelona took first place in La Liga: Real Madrid lost to Athletic Bilbao, and the Catalonians destroyed Rayo Vallecano 6-1 to go on top. Messi scored three goals, and continues being a goal machine with 30 goals (equaling the ever-impressive Cristiano Ronaldo), but the most impressive was Luis Suarez, despite scoring "only" twice. With Messi given a more free role up front, Luis Suarez is more of a supporting player than he was at Liverpool. That said, in that position he is becoming more and more impressive. He works hard, creates a lot of chances, opens spaces for Messi and Neymar, and even has an impressive record on assists (third in the league after Messi and Ronaldo).
People were talking of a Barcelona crisis in 2014, but the club is now top of the league, in the Cup final, and seem poised for a Champions League quarterfinal.
And if anything, Luis Suarez has shown that he is a worthy and important piece of this Barcelona comeback.