Barcelona, Juventus and Tottenham are a trio of tremendous clubs for a player to have on his CV, let alone to have all three on it by the age of 21.
Iago Falque can count each as a former employer, however his tenure with each outfit didn’t quite bring about the success he would’ve hoped for.
Now 24, the Spaniard arrived at White Hart Lane in August 2011 originally on loan from Juventus, signed permanently by the North London side just months later in January.
What Spurs had acquired was a raw, technically gifted winger with plenty of flair who needed guidance – and to add a final product to his game.
As the story goes for many youngsters, what followed Falque’s arrival was a series of departures. He spent time on loan at Southampton and Almeria, having far more success with the latter than on the south coast.
Last season saw him ply his trade for Rayo Vallecano in La Liga. He found mixed fortunes in his homeland under the guidance of possession-conscious boss Paco Jemez as Rayo just barely beat the drop by a point.
Upon Falque’s return to Spurs in the summer, it was clear a decision had to be made. Either he needed to be given a chance at home base, or move on to yet another club.
Maricio Pochettino and company chose the latter – shipping the Barca youth product off to Genoa for a reported £4 million with no space for him in the squad.
A host of wide players already residing at the Lane, there was little chance of him seeing the field – Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend have struggled for minutes themselves.
Meanwhile, in Falque’s short time at Genoa, he’s reinforced the idea that Spurs parting ways with him was the proper decision.
In a side with less competition, he’s found the going tough. So far the Spaniard has earned just two starts in five total appearances, completing only one dribble and creating two chances in 164 minutes of work.
Falque certainly has talent and still is only 24, which probably explains why Spurs were able to get as much as £4 million for him despite a lacklustre few seasons.
But he remains unable to find his niche in the football world. It’s still early days for him at Genoa, yet he’s not taken off in the manner that the Grifone would have liked.
Some stability in his career would do him well, however Spurs look right in not being the club to offer it.
For Falque’s sake, hopefully Genoa allow him to settle and can get the best out of him. From a Tottenham perspective the club did the right thing moving him on permanently, and getting £4 million for a player with no future in North London was a good bit of business.