Alexis Sanchez must find form fast at Barcelona
After an encouraging first season, Alexis Sanchez has failed to impress at Barcelona
Alexis Sanchez started his career at Corbreloa in his home nation of Chile, eventually moving on to Udinese in 2006 before being loaned to Colo-Colo. The season after he was loaned again, this time to Argentinian team River Plate, making a name for himself under the guidance of current Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.
With his emergence as a true talent, Udinese decided to keep the young winger in Italy for the 2008-09 season. The Zebrette were rewarded for their decision as Sanchez proved that with his mix of great technique and pace, he could trouble any defence in the Serie A, wether it be in his favoured position on the flanks or down the middle.
After three seasons in Italy, Sanchez had improved his goal tally yearly from three to 12, and became one of the best young players in the world, convincing Pep Guardiola to fork out £36 million for his services in the process.
It looked as if a Barcelona team already boasting Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and David Villa had just become that bit stronger.
Sanchez's first season at the Blaugrana was a series of ups and downs, with multiple injuries stopping the Chilean from truly getting a run in the side, albeit scoring 12 goals in La Liga along the way.
Now to this season, and Sanchez was expected to take the next step in his development, becoming a key figure in a Barca team looking to regain the La Liga title. However, after 13 appearances and no goals - including a howler against Malaga last night in the Copa del Rey - Sanchez has become something of a disappointment.
Adding to the pressure on the young man is the development of Christian Tello, a product of the famed La Masia youth academy, who looks to get better with every first team opportunity.
Sanchez needs to find his love for the game again and stop holding on to the ball as much, which has become a fixture in his play this season. He's part of the best team in the World, and the Chilean needs to prove he belongs.
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