Former Portuguese star thinks the young Frenchman is very unlucky for not being able to show off his skills at Camp Nou because of protracted series of injuries.
stated he sees similarities to himself inBarcelona
, with the 23-year-old still viewed as a player that gloats "huge potential".
After Barcelona offloaded
in a record-breaking bargain, part of that €222 million (£200m/$262m) move bundle was reinvested in tricking Dembele away from Borussia Dortmund.
He was viewed as a prodigy in the football community but many injury problems made him unable to shine at Camp Nou, as he has been limited to
across three full seasons and the initial months of the 2020-21 season.
Figo, however, trusts that he is a great player with gifts and Barca should keep the confidence in him.
Figo told Marca:
“If you have to ask me for a player that reminds me of the way I played, I'll say that I really like Dembele.
“He's had bad luck with injuries, but he has enormous potential
“Then there are others like [Serge]
at Bayern Munich; he's very good, young. They play as a winger and I like their self-confidence when it comes to one-v-ones.
The Portuguese is additionally anticipating huge things from Ansu Fati in Catalunya, who is now has a knee injury.
“Ansu Fati has also started like that. They're players that I like because they like to take risks and they have no fear. And that's important for teams that play with wingers.
“I also like [Cristian] Portu at Real Sociedad.”
Barca tied Dembele to a five-year contract while gobbling him up from Dortmund, with those terms because of go through to the late spring of 2022.
No renewal agreements between the two sides have been made, which has prompted rumors of Dembele moving toManchester United
and Paris Saint-Germain.