O F F I C I A L

I couldn’t have timed today’s post on him any better. Aleñá will spend the remainder of the 19/20 season on loan at Real Betis, who don’t have a purchase option when the deal finalises. As I mentioned just one hour ago, Betis may look like an appropriate club for Carles to get the minutes he needs. Still, this transfer is good for Aleñá, and bad for Barça.

Last mistake of the decade. Barcelona doesn’t have any other midfielder in the squad with the same profile as the 21-year-old. Apart from being attack-minded, he has all the concepts an interior has to have in terms of technique, tactics and positioning. He makes our possession more purposeful, while he offers that Plan B and variety that may be needed in certain game situations.

While he had only played 260 minutes this campaign, I don’t know now who can provide that creativity and sensible directness. A pure interior with the soul of an attacking midfielder. De Jong, Arthur, Rakitić, Vidal…none of them fit into this mould. The only one who could add something different is Riqui Puig, or Collado too. Vidal should get sold and Riqui and Álex promoted. But that won’t happen.

Like Samper back in the day, it is painful to see in a different shirt a La Masía youngster who has worn the Blaugrana colours throughout his entire life. Sergi Roberto had been an example to follow for every academy graduate, but I guess that, with the current technical secretary, he would have been sent on loan too if he was young. Him, Samper, Aleñá…Exemplary cases of patience, acquiring all the required knowledge, accumulating merit, good performance…Reaching the first team is super challenging for any boy, and it would be good that the board made at least half as many efforts as these guys to trust them.

Aleñá had been 14 years at Barcelona, the captain and hottest prospect of his generation, one of the best footballers in the 17/18 Segunda División, he had never disappointed the fans…And he’s forced out by the directives.
Very sad, but I’m sure he’ll do extremely well. I badly hope he returns in the summer.

 

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