Carles Alena’s Barcelona career has been a rather strange one so far.
Last season, the now 21-year-old La Masia graduate was shifted between the senior and the B team of the Catalans, tallying a total of 17 games for the former in La Liga, which was a great indication of things to come.
Of course, with the beginning of 2019/20, he was already a first-team player and even appeared in Barcelona’s curtain-raiser against Athletic Bilbao, recording 45 minutes in that clash.
But then he was gone and wouldn’t appear until matchday 16 as Ernesto Valverde decided to completely freeze him out of the squad.
But just as his fortune had turned from good to bad, now it seems to be on the move once again as Alena has played three times in the last four games, even completing a big clash against Inter Milan in the Champions League.
Interestingly enough, that game served as a reminder to Valverde, and the footballing world, that the youngster is still very much a huge talent and a potential star in making, dropping a masterful display that must’ve turned some heads.
And one head it could also be turning is Jose Mourinho’s since Tottenham Hotspur were mentioned as potential suitors again earlier in the month by AS, citing claims from Mundo Deportivo back in October.
Of course, since then, Spurs’ interest has somewhat cooled, or so we were told by Sport (via Sport Witness). They don’t mention that Alena has been completely discarded by the English outfit but they are not so intensely in for him anymore, as Mauricio Pochettino was very much the driving force of their interest.
This is not to say that the situation will not change once again, though, especially considering the form Alena was in during his last European outing.
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And due to Alena’s revival at Barcelona, it’s likely that we see him in action once again this Saturday when the Blaugrana face Deportivo Alaves.
The 21-year-old was on the bench during the mid-week El Clasico but with that out of the way, and especially considering he’s seen a lot more of the pitch in the last couple of fixtures, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say Valverde’s faith in the kid has been restored.
With Christian Eriksen’s future still up in the air – seeing how his contract is due to expire in the summer and there are still no signs of a potential extension – maybe adding a young and talented creator wouldn’t be such a bad idea for Spurs.
His 0.8 shots, 0.5 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in 2018/19, when he had more regular game time under his belt, do indicate he still is a long way from becoming someone who could take over the mantle from the Danish playmaker.
Especially with Eriksen’s 2.3 shots, 2.3 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per Premier League game in 2018/19.
But keeping an eye on him now that he’s re-emerging on the scene just might be worth Mourinho’s time, not to mention that of Spurs fans keen to see what their team might look like after the next few transfer windows.
There’s not much to lose – Tottenham fans should also tune into Saturday afternoon’s La Liga action to take a look at the youngster themselves.
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