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
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.
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