Isaac Cuenca is a player who has shown a lot of promise in a Barcelona shirt but he’s struggled to have an instant impact at loan club Ajax, which could have damning consequences at the end of the season.
He’s a small, touch player who can play as a Lionel Messi sort of centre forward or down either side of the pitch as a winger. He was out of action over the first part of the season with a knee problem and signed for Ajax until the end of the season last month.
To say he’s been poor would be extremely harsh but he hasn’t exactly hit the ground running without a goal in his first appearances for the side. He’s not even notched up a single assist for the Dutch club.
The problem is that weight of pressure and expectation that Barcelona players have, even when they’re not playing for the Catalan giants.
Barca will monitor the situation of all of their loan players and will review his performances regularly, which means if Cuenca doesn’t improve over the next few months, he could be moved on.
The good news for the Premier League is that he’s already shown a willingness to go to another country and there are plenty of top sides in England who may be willing to give him a chance.
However, Cuenca may move to England hoping to play games when Manchester United or Manchester City may be more willing to stick him in the reserves or use him as back up to more important players.
This opens the field up to clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and maybe Tottenham Hotspur who should all be interested in the Spaniard if he’s up for grabs.
Spurs could be a very good option, especially if they get Champions League football next season and they could well need the reinforcements if Gareth Bale is sold to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Cuenca is a very good player both technically and in terms of efficiency. Don’t expect to see no numbers in the important stats columns for very long.
Which English side do you think he’d join?