FC Barcelona’s loaned out players are displaying their abilities and talent away from the club in attempt to convince Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino that they are worthy of a return to the Catalan club. Gerard Deulofeu, Rafinha, and Bojan Krkić have all proved they can shine in the bigger leagues, and I see nothing stopping them from returning if their form continues.
Rafinha, Thiago Alcántara’s brother, was loaned this season to La Liga’s Celta de Vigo where he has taken part in 16 of their 17 league games of the campaign so far and started 12 of them for he has already become an essential part of Luis Enrique’s plans. He also featured against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey during the first leg, but Bilbao went on to knock out Celta in the second leg with Rafinha absent. Rafinha has three goals and an assist to his name.
Bojan Krkić was loaned to AFC Ajax, a club known for its youth system and their outstanding player development. Although hit by some injuries, Bojan was still able to feature in 11 league games with Ajax including seven of them as a starter. So far this loan spell is proving to be more successful and beneficial than the previous periods at AC Milan and AS Roma. Bojan took part in the Champions League game against Barça at the Camp Nou this season, and his improvement was noticed. Ajax will continue their European season competing in the Europa League, and they currently sit on top of the Eredivisie alongside Vitesse. Bojan has two goals to his name.
Gerard Deulofeu, FC Barcelona B’s former star, has been by far the most impressive of all three. Deulofeu was loaned to the Premier League’s Everton FC for the entire season with an option to extend his loan further in order to continue his development. Even though he started only two of his 12 Premier League appearances, Gerard’s speed and energy have caused the opposing English teams all sorts of problems. A moment English fans will particularly remember for a while was Deulofeu’s late equalizer against the current league leaders Arsenal FC. He was recently hit by a hamstring injury and is currently recovering, but surely Roberto Martinez, Everton’s coach, is awaiting his return anxiously. Deulofeu has three goals and two assists to his name so far.
Who will prove himself to be good enough for the Catalans?
Source: fcbarcelona.com; Stats: ESPN; Image: fcbarcelona.com