Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea… Paco Alcacer, Premier League’s favorite ?
Francisco “Paco” Alcacer Garcia (born 30 August 1993) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Valencia CF as a striker. His name is often quoted in several European clubs wish lists and also, in his own club.
Will he stay or will he go? The 21 -year old (1,80m – 5ft 11in) is a product of Valencia’s FC youth system. He made his senior debuts in the 2009-10 season aged only 16, scoring 3 goals in 15 games with the reserve side.
On 12 August 2011, after the youngster scored versus A.S Roma friendly, his father suffered a heart attack and died 30 minutes later.The player returned to training less than a week after, for “therapy proposes”.
On 14 January 2012, Alcacer made his La Liga debut coming on as a substitute, for Sofiane Feghouli, for the last 20 minutes of the game. After a loan to Getafe CF (2012-13 campaign) he netted his first for Valencia on 3 Octomber, Away against FC Kuban Krasnodar for the season’s UEFA Europa’s League.
The young Spaniard scored his first La Liga goal on 25 January 2014 and his second, a winner this time, a week later versus Barcelona (3-2)
On 10 April 2014, he scored his first hatrick helping Valencia to overrun a 0-3 first-leg deficit to beat FC Bale 5-0 at home and qualify for the semi-finals of Europa League.
At the end of this season, Alcacer became Valencia’s top scorer with 16 goals in all competitions.
After representing Spain in all youth levels (he won the European Under-19 Championship twice) he was named by Spain’s boss, Vincente del Bosque in a 23 man-squad for matches against France and Macedonia in September 2014. He replaced Diego Costa midway the game lost versus France (1-0) and made his first start against Macedonia, scoring his team’s second goal (5-1) for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers plus an assist for Sergio Busquet’s third.
Paco’s netting in this season’s championship is 4 goals in 5 games; the young international’s current contract runs out in 2016 and his buy out clause is set at 16M £ . This price is low enough to interest lots of European clubs, especially Italian (Milano, Lazio) and English( Tottenham, Arsenal, maybe Chelsea).
His game is an interesting one; he could play as a number 9 but his strength is his finish; quick, strong, clever and technically good.He’s also a runner,and can position himself easily in the penalty area.
Will he be another Diego Costa? Alcacer’s style is better suited for the passing game, much appreciated by Tottenham’s boss, Mauricio Pochettino. After the disappointment of the team’s current strikers Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, the Argentinian coach, could be seriously tempted to add the Spaniard’s name on his wish list for this Summer’s Transfer Window.
But the odds are that he won’t be the only one !