Paco Alcacer: Borussia Dortmund’s New Talisman


Paco Alcacer has announced his arrival at the Signal Iduna Park in majestic fashion by bagging seven goals in four appearances.

Borussia Dortmund have been living in the shadow of Bayern Munich for six years. Since surrendering the Bundesliga title in 2013, Borussia Dortmund have failed to regain their crown again.
Bayern Munich have been by far the most superior force in Germany, but a promising start to the season has created new optimism inside the Westfalenstadion. Alcacer’s goalscoring antics has just added to the palpable excitement in and around the club.
The Black and Yellows currently sit at the summit of the Bundesliga table and boast a four point lead over a seemingly regressive Bayern Munich. They’re also significantly the highest scorers in the division this season with a staggering 23 goals in just seven fixtures.
Alcacer is responsible for 26% of their goals scored this season, and after such an enthralling opening to life in Germany, the Spaniard is expected to play a big role in the season ahead.
Die Borussen have a proven track record for acquiring forwards capable of scoring goals by the shedload and Alcacer is no exception. Its early days but it seems as if the Spaniard is burying the ghost of FC Barcelona and unveiling his talent on a global scale once again!

Alcacer’s Life at FC Barcelona: Told from a Different Perspective

Paco Alcacer: Borussia Dortmund's New Talisman

FC Barcelona spent a colossal fee of €30 million to bring Paco Alcacer to the Camp Nou from Spanish rivals Valencia CF in August 2016. The 25-year-old had bagged 43 goals in 149 appearances in his final three campaigns with Los Che and had overwhelmed the Spanish public by scoring six goals in his first 13 caps for Spain.
The likelihood of Alcacer ousting the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi from their unassailable positions in the FC Barcelona first team was extremely slim. He was fighting a losing battle from the outset and that notion proved to be correct when he amassed just six starts in La Liga during the 2016/17 campaign, according to WhoScored.
His second season failed to lift his spirits and Alcacer prepared for his departure after an allegedly dismal spell with the Spanish titans. However, I believe his time in Barcelona has been perceived in a rather pessimistic manner.
Alcacer may have scored only 15 goals in 50 appearances for Barcelona, but this only paints part of the picture. In his 50 appearances, Alcacer made only 14 starts and amassed an underwhelming 2,287 minutes of action in all competitions.
But he astoundingly averaged more than a goal per every two games, with the approximate figure standing at a goal every 152 minutes. This is just slightly below Luis Suarez, who averaged a goal every 128 minutes during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons respectively.
It’s also worth mentioning that even the illustrious and charismatic Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unable to impose himself in Barcelona. His egotistical character was frowned upon at the Camp Nou and he quickly returned to Italy to re-establish himself at AC Milan.
Alcacer is a following a similar path and has chosen Germany as the destination for his renaissance. He may be a majorly contrasting character to Ibrahimovic, but one thing they do have in common is the innate ability to score goals.

Borussia Dortmund’s Notorious Track Record with Strikers

Paco Alcacer: Borussia Dortmund's New Talisman

Borussia Dortmund have discovered some of the very best strikers in the modern game, especially in recent years. Robert Lewandowski immediately springs to mind and his name is closely followed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Jurgen Klopp implemented a physically enduring high-pressing system upon his arrival from FSV Mainz in 2008. Lewandowski was the catalyst in his system and 103 goals in 187 appearances for Die Borussen.
His controversial departure left a gaping hole in the Borussia Dortmund line-up, but Klopp masterfully replaced him with Gabon international Aubameyang. The Arsenal forward followed in the footsteps of his predecessor and tortured opposing Bundesliga defences during his four-and-a-half year stint in Dortmund.
Aubameyang scored 141 goals in 213 appearances for The Black and Yellows and manager Peter Stoger had the unenviable task of finding a replacement when he joined Arsenal in January 2018.
Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi joined from Chelsea on a six-month loan spell and replicated his goalscoring form from Olympique Marseille. Batshuayi had rarely been given the opportunity to fulfil his potential at Stamford Bridge, but he instantaneously struck a chord with the Dortmund faithful to score nine goals in just 14 appearances.
Sadly, Batshuayi joined Valencia CF on a season-long loan at the beginning of the 2018/19 season and Lucien Favre was thrusted into the spotlight to identify their new talisman. They had the likes of Swedish prodigy Alexander Isak and German forward Maximilian Philipp, but Favre required a striker capable of scoring on a consistent basis.
Alcacer has immediately hit the ground running since arriving on a season-long loan spell at the Signal Iduna Park. His hat-trick in Dortmund’s entertaining 4-3 victory over FC Augsburg has extended his league tally to six goals.
More remarkably, Alcacer has accumulated only 81 minutes of action in the Bundesliga and has averaged a goal every 14 minutes. Borussia Dortmund have yet again unveiled another gem in the striking department and a striker of Alcacer’s calibre could apply the decisive quality to propel them to the Bundesliga title!

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