With a healthy line-up, the attacking line of the first team Blaugrana can be second-to-none. However, what does it mean for those waiting in the wings? In this early edition of We’ve got mail, we venture into the possible outcomes for FC Barcelona starlet, Cristian Tello.
Cristian Tello, La Masia bust, or the next big thing? Many people remain unconvinced of the young striker’s talent, or lack thereof. Some consider him the future of our club, while others wouldn’t mind one bit if the board were to send him elsewhere, whether on a loan move or a more permanent basis. I fall somewhere in between these two factions of supporters. As of right now, Tello is nowhere near ready to feature for the first team. That’s not to say that in a couple of years, with regular first team football elsewhere, he couldn’t make a triumphant return to the Blaugrana lineup.
I think a loan move or a deal with a buy back option would be the best case scenario for young Cristian, but also for the team in general. Not only is it cost effective, meaning our frugal board will be happy, but it also means that a budding star has the chance to establish himself and gain some real experience. Ajax and Atletico Madrid seem to be the most interested in securing the youngster’s signature. Either of these clubs would offer a great atmosphere for Tello to polish up his expansive, yet still very raw talent. Ajax seems a natural fit seeing as both Barça and Ajax play the same type of ‘total football’, a concept that is largely derived from Ajax and Barça club legend Johan Cruyff. The other option, Atletico, also provides an interesting alternative for Tello. The advantage of moving to the capital city club is clear. Here, Tello will play against the same clubs he will face weekly at Barcelona. What better way to get ready for the opposition than to actually play against those very same clubs?
At this moment in time, Barça look set to offer Tello a new contract. Whether or not he stays with the club or is sent to pastures anew still remains to be seen. You can bet a permanent move is mostly out of the question for now, but a loan move still looms large. With time still left in the transfer window, there is still a chance Tello may be on his way out of the club, at least for the time being. With Afellay and Villa back from their respective injuries, and Alexis Sanchez looking to improve an a largely mediocre first season, first team minutes may be at a premium. For the sake of Tello’s development, it may be in his best interest to pursue a new home for the coming season, and Barça would be wise to let the young forward develop his skills at a club that will offer the chance at more first-team minutes.
Special thanks to James Gorman, from Canada, who shared this piece with us. We welcome your thoughts on Tello and his development in the comments below.