Barcelona’s Jose Arnaiz can’t miss.
The 22-year-old forward, who has been linked with Man United and Arsenal, scored his third goal for Barcelona’s first-team during their 1-1 Copa del Rey draw with Celta Vigo.
In doing so he’s completed a remarkably efficient feat.
Arnaiz has scored with his first three shots on target in all competitions.
When he shoots on goal he scores, simple as that.
No wonder he’s being talked up as the next star to follow in the footsteps of Pedro and Sergio Busquets and break through from Barcelona’s B team.
Arnaiz is the first player to score in his first three Barcelona games for 25 years.
The last man to do so, Julio Salinas, won four La Liga titles, two Spanish Super Cups, a Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup and a European Cup with Barcelona.
No pressure then.
Arnaiz has rapidly risen from relative obscurity.
He came through Valladolid’s academy but made his first-team debut at Talavera, who now play in Spain’s fourth tier.
A return to Valladolid caught the eye of Barcelona, although he’s spent most of his time playing for their B team.
His €20million release clause is sure to catch the eye of plenty sides around Europe, especially if he continues to find first-team opportunities difficult to come by.
Come to think of it, when was the last time Stoke signed a Barcelona reject?
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