Things have started off pretty well for Paco Alcácer at Borussia Dortmund. He has yet to start in the Bundesliga since his arrival from Barcelona in August, but he has already scored six goals.
Alcácer’s incredible production is evidence that he is settling in quite well in Germany. BVB’s new striker was rewarded with a recall to the Spanish national team following a two-year absence.
While in camp with La Roja he has been speaking about his transfer from Barcelona to Dortmund. MARCA has the quotes.
“I decided to look for minutes away from Barcelona ... After having two years with Barcelona and not playing an important role, not everything went as I’d hoped. I’m happy now, in the end it comes down to decision making ... The decisions that I make, I’ve made them, my conversations with Ernesto (Valverde) are private ... At Barcelona with Luis Suarez, (Lionel) Messi, (Ousmane) Dembele ... it’s very complicated to play.”
No one can blame Alcácer for leaving Catalonia. He always looked like a talented player, but he was never really going to get the chance to show it by sitting on the bench behind irreplaceable stars like Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
But Alcácer is now succeeding during a time when plenty of new transfers fail. He has just moved to a different league and country, but he has settled in perfectly. The 25-year-old has hit the ground running and looks poised to continue lighting-up the Bundesliga.
Paco also spoke about how easy Dortmund have made the transition.
“All my teammates have helped me from my very first day. I had a little bit of difficulty with the language and the cultural change, but they made it very easy for me to adapt. My family are also with me.”
Sergio Gómez is the only other Spanish player around Lucien Favre’s senior team, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Marc Bartra reached out to Alcácer at some point. Bartra and Alcácer were teammates at Barcelona, and Bartra would only have good things to say about Dortmund.
Alcácer is still only on loan at the Westfalenstadion, but the club reportedly have an option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the season for a fee somewhere around €30 million. If Paco keeps performing like he has been already then it seems like an easy decision to sign him up permanently.