Carles Alena was one of the hottest prospects of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy.
The now 21-year-old midfielder played a total of 89 games for Barcelona B before joining the senior team at the beginning of the 2019/20 season. By all accounts, it seemed like a big move for a young prospect.
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But after tallying the first 45 minutes of his senior career with the Catalans in the opening game of the new campaign, Alena simply disappeared, never to be picked again.
And now, according to Marca, he is considering his options in January already and there are whispers about him potentially leaving the club, with the likes of Real Betis showing their interest.
Naturally, many Barca fans don’t really like it when La Masia graduates are thrown out of the club and have to leave due to low or non-existent game time.
Some described this situation as awful and one fan even compared Alena to Sergi Samper, a former Barcelona player that also had to leave the club because he couldn’t find the continuity he needed.
You can see some of their replies down in the collection of tweets below:
— Nasir Jamal (@NasirJa33197475) October 14, 2019
He doesn’t get a chance but when he comes on the tempo changes drastically, Busquets is finished surely play him instead. Anyway it’s Valverde and Barto’s world, we just live in it.
— Lyle (@elllekay1) October 14, 2019
Next Samper incoming
— Suna ? (@sunaFCB) October 14, 2019
Worst of all it was valverde who blocked him from going out on loan, a coward who wants to feel safe by having as many weapons as he can even if he doesnt intend to use them all.
— CP-05 (@Ben_Beckmann090) October 14, 2019
Sad, he deserves to play in the first team. Arthur/Aleña/Frenkie
— SOUSA (@bradsous) October 14, 2019
He’ll leave, live up to his potential then there will be news reports saying we might purchase him for 80 million euros.
— Lousy Lawyer (@Lousy_Lawyer) October 14, 2019
So Barça want Fabian but refuse to use one of Aleña/Puig. That hurts.
— Jakub Straka (@strakajakub) October 14, 2019