Spare a thought for Alejandro Faurlin would you? The Argentine has not had the best of seasons.
At whatever level you play at nobody wants to get relegated. Trust me I know.
But when you have thousands of adoring fans cheering you on vein and paying insurmountable amounts of money to come watch you play home and away; to let them down with the disappointment of demotion must truly sting.
The Premier League now knows who they will be waving goodbye to this summer after Wigan Athletics’ spirited fight came to an end at the hands of a 4-1 thrashing at The Emirates Stadium by Champions League chasing Arsenal.
One of the other relegated outfits was also in action that night; as Reading were simply outgunned by a largely uninspiring Manchester City going through their very own troubles at present.
But it is a player from the other team in question that really catches my eye; QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin.
I had the pleasure of watching the Argentine in action live once and he really was head and shoulders above many of the players on despair that day. It seems that QPR’s desire to bring him was indeed merited; despite the ultimate implosion he almost caused due to his complicated player rights impediments. Indeed he was in fact voted the clubs fans player and player’s player of the year in 2009-10.
However he never truly took to the Premier League in quite the way he did Championship life. His development was not aided by a serious knee injury picked up in January 2012.
After his recovery he struggled to regain a place in the first-team line-up and in January of this year he found himself shipped off to Serie A side Palermo; leaving one relegation fight for another one.
Palermo have struggled near the foot of the Serie A table all season and last weekend the side were condemned to the minefield that is Serie B after a 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina.
So Faurlin has the unwanted accolade of being able to claim a double relegation this season; never something a professional footballer would proudly announce.
However even worse is how little input he had in the fight. The loan from QPR was supposed to see him pick up first team football but that was not the case.
In fact Faurlin has barely featured for Palermo since his move; playing just 269 minutes including only one full game; which happened to be his debut against Atalanta.
Being relegated once has got to hurt but being relegated twice in one season can only be worse. Not being wanted by either club; that must be the ultimate kick in the teeth.
What do you make of Faurlin’s unfortunate season?
image: © Tom Cuppens