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How much of a future does Alexis Sánchez have at Barcelona?

How much of a future does Alexis Sánchez have at Barcelona?

Posted by Juan Gavasa on September 17, 2013

Alexis Sánchez came to Barcelona with a big & growing reputation within the game. After being awarded the Serie A player of the year in 2010/11, the Chilean commanded a €26 million fee (with a potential €11 million in add-ons) when leaving Udinese, drawing a lot of attention on him as you’d expect. Unfortunately for him and Barça, though, he hasn’t quite settled in as initially anticipated. His first season in Catalonia resulted in 15 goals and 5 assists in 41 games, a decent if unspectacular return. His second saw him contributing to a few more goals, with 11 goals and 13 assists in 46 – a very slight improvement from 0.49 to 0.52 direct goal contributions per appearance made. These statistics do pale in comparison when put next to the almost implausible ones of Lionel Messi, but they aren’t half bad in themselves. Of course not everything can be shown in statistics; his defensive contribution, work rate and facilitation of space are all astounding assets. All in all he’s a very gifted and intelligent footballer – and yet something just isn’t quite right with him at the Cam Nou, something which means that they are unlikely to see the best of him.

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