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Paco Alcacer: In-depth profile of Dortmund and Spain striker

Paco Alcacer wants to leave Borussia Dortmund in search of regular playing time. You can’t blame him after the arrival of teenage sensation Erling Haaland. Alcacer’s current market value is £42 million according to Transfermarkt.com, Dortmund are likely to demand something similar for the Spaniard, with his contract ends in 2023. Let’s discuss his playing style, Weaknesses and try to predict which club should go for him.

Brief background

The Spanish born striker joined the Valencia academy in 2005. The Right footed forward made his first team debut in 2010, at 17 in a Copa del Rey game but had to wait until 2011/12 season for his La Liga debut.

Paco Alcacer in action for Barcelona

Alcácer scored 43 times for Valencia in 124 games before signing for FC Barcelona in 2016, for £30 Million. However, after struggling to find his feet at the Camp Nou, he joined Dortmund, on loan at the start of 2018/19, before his move was made Permanent at the start of last year.

Why he wants to leave Dortmund

So, why does the guy, who had 19 goals last season for the Bundesliga club, want to leave? After all, 26 goals in 47 overall appearances are very respectable numbers for the Spanish striker.

Well, Alcacer fell behind Mario Gotze this season in the forward position. Also, as mentioned previously, Haaland arriving for £45 million from RB Salzburg. The Valencia youth product knows that his playing time will only decrease. According to reports from Sky Germany a poor relationship with manager Lucian favre is the main reason why he wants to leave. It’s no co-incidence he Spaniard has started just one game since September.

Paco Alcacer – Style of Play

The Dortmund Striker’s game is all about movement in and around the box. Alcácer is very good at creating space for himself as well as his teammates. Having learned his football in Spain, the 26 year old is more about football intelligence and technical ability, rather than physical prowess or pure athleticism. A major strength of the striker is his shooting from distance and his ability on direct Freekicks.

Flaws

For a guy with 26 goals in less than 50 Dortmund games, Alcácer has some major weaknesses. Standing at just 1.75 metres, he lacks aerial threat while his defensive contribution are not the best either. The Spanish international can struggle against deep defenses, as he thrives in open spaces. Favre regularly uses Gotze (even Marco Reus or Julian Brandt sometimes) because of their better dribbling abilities in tight spaces.

During Paco’s Barcelona days, Alcácer was played on the left wing by Ernesto Valverde, but he was not very successful. The Dortmund attacker thrives through the middle, with wingers like Jadon Sancho, Pulisic or Hazard creating from wide areas.

Paco Alcacer in action for Borussia Dortmund

Another reason that Die Borussen went for Haaland is that Alcácer has had some injury problems too. The Spaniard has missed 40 days (7 games) with two separate injuries this season, as well as missing multiple games last season.

Paco Alcacer – Scoring rate

Despite the weaknesses mentioned above, Alcácer has been a proper Goal getter for Dortmund but if you analyse some numbers, then you can see that he has over-performed at the start of his life in Bundesliga. Paco had an astonishing scoring rate last season, where at one point, he had 12 Goals from just 23 shots, in just 469 minutes. These are ridiculous numbers that simply unsustainable for a whole season.

If you compare these Dortmund numbers to his ratio at FC Barcelona and Valencia, Alcácer scored once in 2.88 games for Valencia and one goal in 3.33 games for the Blaugrana. Clearly, the Spaniard hit a serious purple patch at Dortmund. Maybe they shouldn’t have been so quick to pay £21 million to Barca to make the loan deal Permanent.

Options for the striker

Obviously, this article is not written to make Paco Alcacer look bad. But instead, to identify the player’s playing style, to figure out his next destination. Atlético Madrid are linked with Alcácer, only if their bid to sign Edinson Cavani does not go through. In my humble opinion, the striker should not go to Los Rojiblancos, but should look for a move to his former club Valencia.

As we know, Diego Simeone’s Atleti are a very industrious, defensive team whilst Alcacer thrives in open spaces and people playing forward passes into him. Atlético Madrid is a crossing team and Alcácer’s lack of height will be a problem. A move to the Spanish capital would not be a disaster as such but Atletico are unlikely to pay the £40 million that Dortmund are asking for.

Edinson Cavani

Valencia will be the perfect place to go for Alcácer. He is already familiar with the club, having spent 11 years there. Los Ches are playing some amazing football under Albert Celades and they play 4-4-2 with two strikers. Alcácer will be allowed to break into space and will have various teammates creating chances from him. They’re also in the Champions League knockout stages.

“You never know what will happen in the future, but I would like to return to La Liga at some point. I miss the weather, traditions and food.”

Alcacer on a possible return to Spain (Source: Marca)

So a move to Valencia makes the most sense for Paco Alcacer. But only time will tell where the Talented Spaniard ends up.

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