Over the last couple of transfer windows, we heard plenty about some fella called Malcom, didn’t we?
The Bordeaux winger was considered one of the best young talents in France last season, so naturally there was plenty of teams chasing his signature.
From the Premier League, there was reported interest from Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Everton, while the likes of Inter Milan and Dortmund were also said to be sniffing around the Brazilian.
In the end, Roma had seemingly snapped him up – even going as far as announcing the player’s arrival via Twitter – only for Barcelona to hijack the deal at the last moment and complete the transfer a day later.
Naturally, Roma were pretty annoyed about that.
In the embarrassing aftermath, the Serie A side considered legal action against Bordeaux for seemingly going back on their agreement, but essentially no rules or laws were broken. But ethically, it was all just a little bit dodgy from Barcelona.
And just to make the whole ordeal feel like one great big soap opera, Malcom then scored against Roma in a pre-season match in Dallas just a week later, helping Barca to a 4-2 win.
Roma’s Twitter account took it all in good humour, of course.
But now it seems the worm has turned, as Malcom is said to be far from happy with life at Camp Nou.
As he probably should’ve guessed, his playing time at the club has been significantly limited so far this season – as he’s essentially fighting for places in the team with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.
In fact, his time at Barca has yielded just over 25 minutes of competitive football so far, with off-the-bench appearances against Valladolid and Leganes.
Speaking through his agent Junior Minguella, Malcom is said to be pretty unhappy with the current situation.
Minguella said: “Every player needs a period of adaptation and minutes on the pitch to prove their worth.
“He hasn’t had them yet, but he’ll prove his worth when he does play. He doesn’t like the situation, but he’s focused and very motivated.”
At this stage of his career, Malcom should be playing regular first-team football to help his growth and development as a player – so all of this sitting on the bench is doing him no favours whatsoever.
What’s worse is that Barca boss Ernesto Valverde rarely rotates his squad, meaning Malcom’s chances in the starting line-up seem pretty dire.
So, perhaps being the big fish moving to an even bigger pond isn’t the smartest career move after all.
We’re sure Roma fans are gutted for him.
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