L o a n e e s W a t c h
It’s almost mid season, so it’s a good time to review how Barça’s loanees have been doing so far in these first months of competition. Cou, Emerson, Rafinha, Miranda and Oriol Busquets will all be analysed in the upcoming days, but here’s the first progress report on the form of Cucurella.
After his excellent campaign at Eibar, Barcelona decided to active his buy-back clause of €4 million, but loaned him out again to Getafe, who welcomed him with open arms. An ideal encounter. Bordalás had asked for Cucurella’s transfer, and the confidence from the coach and the humility from the player soon led to the Catalan’s great impact on the pitch.
Like Mendilibar at Eibar, Bordalás has been employing ‘Cucu’ mostly as the LM in a 4–4–2, exploiting his pinpoint crosses, arrivals into the box and dynamism to press and defend. In very rare occasions has he been a LB. Already in August, Marc was named Getafe’s player of the month. So far, he has featured in every single La Liga match, only missing 18 minutes. He has 1 goal and 4 assists to his name.
Cucurella is the symbol of a coral and energetic Getafe side that is 6th in La Liga. The figure of the engine. Relentless and tireless in his flank, each of his deliveries into the area pose a threat to the opposing defence. He may not be the most gifted player, but his work rate, versatility, and technical and tactical capabilities make him any manager’s dream player.
Except for Valverde, who doesn’t seem to favour him. Getafe could buy the 21-year-old for €6m at the end of the loan, but, if possible, I’d bring him back. Imagine how valuable he’d be in our current squad: could cover in at LB whenever needed, act as a winger, or even as a midfielder in a 4–4–2.
Mendilibar once said: “He’s not fast nor strong. In all the tests we make, he never appears in the rankings. With this data you can never sign him. But he’s a footballer. Very intelligent. He makes the right choices”.
Adapting to the hermetic system of Getafe is far from easy, but Cucurella has been an outstanding student at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez and has been graduating in the First Division in this past season and a half.