Paco, the man to solve Arsenal’s goalscoring problems?
While we wait patiently, praying Danny Welbeck is not a Long-sight from getting the new boots he requires to perfect his shooting and dinking in front of goal, and as we are not entirely sure why Joel Campbell has not been opportune to do in England what he has done against England, there is a sizzling hot new sensation oozing from a popular Spanish kitchen who’s got Europe’s biggest chefs interested. His name: Paco Alcacer.
David Villa, David Silva, Jordi Alba and Juan Mata have bloomed from Valencia and have all been taken-up by the top clubs where they have reached tremendous heights of excellence, as well achieving great success. The one exception would be Roberto Soldado, but as you will notice, his last name doesn’t follow the phonetic sound, /a/, and then, he went to Tottenham. Be it potential, promise, or phonetics, boy Alcacer already ticks all the boxes.
Already tipped for great accomplishments after successive successes in U-17 and U-19 Euros, the new Valencia hitman is already on course to inherit the famous No 9 jersey of La Roja, having bagged a goal and an assist in his sole international appearance so far.
His extensive participation with the lower cadres of the Spanish national teams (something the English and other Football Associations could do with implementing) means he is sufficiently schooled and formed in the basics of “tiki-taka” and attractive football which was the bedrock of arguably the most successive national team in football history. It is on this premise that it has even been whispered that Diego Costa, for all his power and current form, may only play the bridge between the legendary exit of Villa and the old guard, to the introduction of the new era to be led in attack by Alcacer. On this account too, Arsenal must make sure to be closely informed about his every move.
Any attempt to tempt Valencia to continue their sell-off policy with bright young stars may not be easy with this particular player as he is currently seen as the figure-head of their new look team who have made a very impressive start to their La Liga campaign, with back-to-back comfortable victories over Malaga and Espanyol, Alcacer with a goal in the latter fixture.
A genuine goal threat with the feet of the finished product even just at 21, he has a €16million clause in his current deal and it would not surprise me if Valencia, now under the control of Singaporean magnate Peter Lim, offer him a bumper new deal in order to scare suitors away.
But Valencia, with no disrespect, is not the biggest club in the world, and every lad wants to play in the best teams, in the top competitions. We may not have, at the moment, been convincing by our recent performances to lay claim to topping that elite list, but any club that can sign 2 World Class players within 12 months must consider itself worthy of the fight. The clamour to sign a World Class fox-in-the-box is not necessarily limited to a Cavani or Falcao, as a deal which brings anyone with the chromosome to do even as much, though still at a young age, will be extolled as a significant coup.
It may, or may not happen in January, but it is never too late to make that casual call: “Nothing much, just checking on you”.
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