A youth career at Real Madrid and Barcelona, transfer to Juventus at age 18 and further move to Tottenham four years later would seemingly indicate success for a footballer.
But it wasn’t so for Iago Falque, who spent the formative days of his still young career bouncing around between the aforementioned four clubs and a few others on loan.
The Spaniard did shine for Spurs in some sense – but not for the senior side. In 10 appearances for the Under-21s, Falque bagged an impressive nine goals and seven assists.
That type of success would never arrive for the winger in the first team at White Hart Lane. In three years on Spurs’ books, he would play just six minutes of Premier League football, spending temporary spells at Southampton, Almeria and Ray Vallecano.
While the Grifone hit the ground running at the start of the season, however, Falque didn’t for his new side. By match day 11, the Spaniard had started only three games.
Genoa found themselves in sixth place in the Italian top flight at the time, far above where pundits had predicted they would be – but the port city didn’t look like fertile ground for Falque.
But in a few weeks, that would all change. Head coach Gian Piero Gasperini began inserting him into the starting line-up on a regular basis. He spoke of finding confidence and stability.
And the ex-Spurs man’s confidence is starting to show. Falque has now netted four times in Genoa’s last five games after hitting an excellent long-range goal Monday against Napoli.
The Spaniard is now on a five-game run which includes seven chances created, an 85% pass accuracy average and seven fouls won per Squawka.
Even more impressive is Falque’s 86% shot accuracy rate during that same stretch. He’s scored with 57% of his efforts on goal – showing himself to be a lethal finisher on his day.
This past summer seemed an opportune time for the 25-year-old to move on to new pastures, and after some initial bumps in the road, he is certainly finding his feet at Genoa.
For just the second time in his career – last season on loan at Rayo being the other – Falque is proving to be a regular contributor for a top-flight outfit.
Already he has outdone his goals total from his season spent at the Estadio de Vallecas, and he now has the entire second half of the season to build on his recent run of form.
Often finding the right environment is the key a player needs to unlock his true potential, with Marassi looking a perfect fit for Falque, who truly needed it.
The Spaniard seems to have at last found a second home in Genoa, a welcome sight for a well-travelled 25-year-old finally making good on the promise he showed as a teenager.