Chilean midfielder Alexis produced a world class performance for Barcelona over the weekend as they strolled to a 4-1 win over Valldolid.
The 24-year-old has been consistently linked with Premier League sides, most notably Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, since January after suggestions he’d never be able to break into Barca’s midfield on a regular basis.
However, he’s been a key component of the Barca side this season with five starts and one sub appearance in the league producing a total of four goals and two assists.
His ability as an impact player was perfectly demonstrated in that win over Valldolid as he bagged a brace and setup Brazilian superstar Neymar for another of the goals.
He moved to the Nou Camp in the summer of 2011 and his tendency to be in and out of the side is illustrated well by the fact he’s only made 60 appearances for the club since he arrived from Udinese.
However, Gerardo Martino has defended the player in the Spanish media when he’s been criticised for poor performances, suggesting he’s become a more complete all around player in several ways.
“The coach said that when the forward played badly the reviews were harsh, but when he became a decisive player he was obliquely praised. "They don't highlight it so much," he complained in the press conference on Saturday,” reads a report in Spanish newspaper Marca.
He seems to be slowly understanding the culture of Barcelona and the way he needs to play in that first team to become one of the main stable stars alongside the likes of Neymar, Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and several others.
It was always going to be difficult for him to break into one of the greatest sides that has ever played football but he’s started the season well and his stats are respectable with a passing success rate of just under 84%.
His current deal with the Spanish side doesn’t expire until 2016 so the club is in no rush to sort out his future and is certainly in no rush to force him out of the door.
If he continues to show the same impressive all round performances over the next couple of months then it means it could be pointless for any Premier League side to waste their time trying to sign him this winter or next summer.
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