Paco Alcacer knew when he signed for Barcelona at the end of August that his days as a first-choice striker were temporarily over.
The 23-year-old started week-in, week-out at Valencia but was lured to the Camp Nou in the summer by the prospect of playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez while challenging for major honours.
It was made clear to Alcacer from the outset that he would be Barça’s fourth-choice striker and would only play when one of the ‘MSN’ were either injured or suspended.
Despite this, Alcacer still cost Barcelona a whopping £25.5 million. Not cheap for a benchwarmer.
Furthermore, the Catalan giants agreed to send Munir El Haddadi to Los Che on loan for the season.
Alcacer struggling to fit in at Barcelona
Alcacer, who scored 43 goals in 124 appearances for Valencia, is still looking for his maiden Barcelona goal.
He’s played eight times in all competitions so far this term - seven times in La Liga - but the majority of those have been substitute appearances.
He played the full 90 minutes against Malaga
Against Malaga on Saturday though, with Messi and Suarez both out, Luis Enrique handed Alcacer a rare start against Malaga.
Barcelona at home to mid-table Malaga. Even without Messi and Suarez, it looked a home banker.
The stats suggest it was a walkover: Barcelona had 80.8 per cent possession and 28 shots at goal.
However, the reigning La Liga champions failed to find a way past Malaga’s inspired goalkeeper Carlos Kameni and the match ended 0-0.
Alcacer went 31 minutes without touching the ball...
Embarrassingly, though, Alcacer went 31 minutes without touching the ball during the first half.
And no, you have not misread that sentence.
From the 10th minute to the 41st, Alcacer didn’t get a single touch of the ball.
Even though he was playing for Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
You’ll do well to find a more embarrassing statistic throughout the entire 2016-17 campaign.
Watch: Paco Alcacer’s ‘highlights’ v Malaga
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