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Barcelona: A move too soon for Paco Alcacer?

Saturday 26th November 2016
Paco Alcacer's move to Barcelona this past summer caught many by surprise. Partly because neither Lionel Messi, Neymar nor Luis Suarez had struggled for goals last season.

Nevertheless, the Spanish striker followed in the footsteps of former Valencia teammate, Andre Gomez, to swap Valencia for Catalonia.

Three months into his Barcelona career and it's looking like a move the 23-year old may regret he ever made. He has started a meagre two games for the Blaugrana in the league and is yet to score a single goal in any competition thus far this season.

A move to Barcelona is sure to be tempting, but the unfortunate thing is not every player who joins the Catalan giants enjoys his stay. As Zlatan Ibrahimovic would tell you.

At Valencia, Alcacer was the main man. The man tasked to lead the line and do what he does best: score goals. It's safe to say at Barcelona he most certainly would not be the main man, at least not until the MSN are no longer together.

The Spaniard most prolific season to date, according to soccerbase.com, came in the 2015/2016 season. A season he scored 17 goals and set up a further 3 in the 49 games he played. He scored a total of 30 goals in 69 starts while in the colours of Valencia. Almost a goal every other game.

The Blaugrana play with a 4-3-3 formation as opposed to the 4-2-3-1 formation Alcacer's former team employs. The 4-2-3-1 formation favours a striker like Alcacer, a poacher.

He doesn't necessarily have to be involved in the playmaking. All he needs to do is make himself available in the box and if the ball eventually gets to him, bury it into the back of the net.

However, at Barcelona, it's a whole new ball game. The front three would have to be involved in the playmaking, something the MSN does admirably well. Providing the width since the midfielders play very narrow.

With the kind of form the MSN have been in over the past year or so, it will be a near impossible task not just for Alcacer, but any other striker in the world to stake a claim in the Barcelona starting 11 ahead of the South Americans.

Presumably, more often than not for the rest of the season, the Spain-international will find himself on the bench and he will be one lucky boy if he makes up to ten league starts before the season ends.

For a player so talented, warming the bench will be seen as a shame. Perhaps he should have stayed at Valencia and made more of a name for himself before joining a club at the very elite like Barcelona.

Will Alcacer be a success at Barcelona? I guess only time will tell.
Adoyi Joshua Adoyi

Adoyi is a Nigerian with a keen passion for sports  - more so football and is an avid supporter of Manchester United. He spends his weekends glued to his TV screen, watching the beautiful game.


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