Whilst it’s not fair to say that his reputation has plummeted since joining Barcelona, I think we can safely say that some of the sheen has come off an otherwise promising career.
In Serie A, he looked like he was going to be a world-beater. He had pace, a bag of tricks and a willingness to take his man on. Whether he used his tricky feet to cut inside, or went round the outside and turned the after-burners on, Alex Sanchez always seemed to be able to get in dangerous areas and was able to turn a game on its head.
In La Liga, however, he often looks like a little boy lost. Whilst he’ll run and run and work his heart out, this enthusiasm has yet to translate into anything meaningful on the football pitch. The main trouble seems to be his finishing.
I’d compare him to the likes of Arsenal’s Gervinho (though perhaps not quite as bad as the Ivorian!) in his ability to beat his man, get in a goal-scoring position and fluff his lines. Even when he’s set-up by his Barcelona team-mates, he often manages to spoon it over.
Perhaps it’s the pressure of playing for Barcelona at a young age (he’s 24-years-old) or having such a weight of expectation. One thing’s for sure: the player himself can’t be entirely happy with his situation and I wouldn’t be surprised if Barcelona were considering their options down the wings.
But if he’s not good enough for Barcelona, he’s probably not good enough for Manchester City. Liverpool on the other hand…
Whilst players like Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson have improved this season, I still feel that Liverpool can do better in this area. Likewise, the Chile International may feel that a move to a place like Anfield could re-trigger his confidence.
We all know that he’s capable of bigger and better things and that he could go on to be a world-beater. He just needs the right environment to continue his development as a player. So how about it Brendan, can you make this one happen?
What’s your take? Should Liverpool seal the deal for Alexis Sanchez?
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