Barcelona are desperate for their new mega money signing, Neymar, to help restore them to the pinnacle of European club football.
But Edgar Davids, who played in Barca’s midfield for one season on loan from Juventus in 2004, thinks the Catalan club’s prayers might not be answered.
Now player-manager at tiny Barnet in England, Davids is not convinced that Neymar has what it takes to be a major success at the Camp Nou.
The 21-year-old Brazilian international starlet was wooed by who’s who of top European clubs, but says he chose to join Barca because he feels their style of play best suits him.
But Davids does not agree at all. In fact, he thinks that ball-hogging trickster Neymar will struggle to adapt his own style to Barca’s tiki-taka methodology.
However, Davids admits that if Neymar and Barca do click, the results could be devastating.
"Neymar, it will be very difficult for him because Barca play very quickly and he's used to holding onto the ball," Davids said at the weekend.
"Barca's way of playing is very different to how he plays but he has all the potential to be one of the best players in the world."
Meanwhile, Davids may think that Barca might get a raw deal by signing Neymar, but he thinks that Real Madrid should break the bank to sign Carlo Ancelotti from PSG.
Davids worked under the Italian at Juventus, and has followed Real’s pursuit of him closely.
He thinks that Ancelotti has what it takes to fill Jose Mourinho’s boots at the Bernabeu seamlessly, and power Los Blancos to another era of success.
"Ancelotti has managed a lot of big clubs and I think he would do well at Madrid because Juventus, Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are big clubs," Davids said.
"If he comes here (to Real Madrid) I don't think there is any doubt he will do well."