Barcelona’s decision to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Sassuolo has been tagged an error for each clubs.
The Ghanaian joined the La Liga champions on a six-month loan deal. The agreement additionally enclosed an €8m purchase choice.
“I’m a realist, but after you have dreams, you can change reality.” With these words Boateng introduced himself in barcelona.
He knew that he would only play a reserve role, “I know that i will not be a daily player, however i believe I will still help the team with my experience,” said Boateng throughout his unveiling.
The 32 year old was signed to provide cover for Luis Suárez but has didn’t earn the trust of manager Ernesto Valverde.
Valverde had his doubts even before the transfer. In the end, he was persuaded to sanction the move. However, the coach doesn’t appear to have modified his mind.
Since his arrival, Boateng has created only 2 appearances for Barça, in the 2-0 Copa defeat away at the sanchez Pizjuán and in the unconvincing 1-0 victory over Valladolid at Camp Nou, where he lasted an hour before Suárez was thrown on to add some impetus to the attack. With only 123 minutes of use Boateng can hardly be satisfied.
On the pitch, Boateng is barely visible, and off it he draws attention with negative headlines. The Spanish ASreported last, that the Barca officers are angry at Boateng, because he set against the chance to impress during a voluntary coaching session at the club’s Ciudad Deportiva.
The coach handed his non-internationals a two-day vacation however invited those on the fringes to show up for training anyway- but the Ghanaian failed to show up. it had been a missed chance to point out the gaffer that he had the will to alter his state of affairs at the club.
It may be so much too early to label him a flop at barcelona because the business finish of the season is about to begin and an unlikely twist of fate would possibly hand him a chance to redeem himself.
But for now all indications suggests the Catalans will not trigger the buy-option which implies the former AC Milan forward is ready to come to Italy at the end of his loan stint in July.