A late switch from Roma to Barcelona in the transfer market was a bad move for Malcom who needs to look at El Clasico as a guide to his Camp Nou future
Malcom was considered one of the hottest rising talents in France last season, back when he plied his trade at Bordeaux. The Brazilian’s impressive performances meant that several reputable European clubs would be interested in his signing. AS Roma came close to securing his services, but a last-minute change in plans lead the Brazilian to the Camp Nou. But it looks like being a terrible mistake.
25 minutes of game-time throughout the whole season is a very short amount for one of the best Brazilian talents around. It’s rather evident that Barcelona’s manager Ernesto Valverde is not too keen on Malcom, as Sport and Mundo Deportivo have so far both confirmed, adding that the Spaniard did not even approve the signing of the versatile attacker who scored 12 in Ligue Un last season.
It doesn’t look too good for Malcom at the moment, as he will most probably not even benefit from Lionel Messi’s injury in order to gather extra minutes. The only reasonable option appears to be a loan spell in January, quite possibly followed by a permanent move in the summer, unless Valverde was to leave his job as Barça manager.
Malcom has many suitors in the transfer market
The interested clubs are many for a player that has performed well whenever given the chance, whether it be for Corinthians where he helped Tite’s men claim the Brazilian league title in 2015, for Bordeaux where he constantly showed his worth, or even for Barcelona during pre-season where he took advantage of the friendlies.
It’s unfair that a player rots on the bench, without even having under-performed. It is a situation where Malcom is simply not getting a chance for no convincing reason. One thing is to play poorly and get benched as a direct result, another is to find yourself short of opportunities.
Inter Milan, Tottenham and Arsenal are reportedly the clubs most seriously interested in landing the Brazil international in January, and it really cannot get any worse for him, no matter what his decision will be.
Malcom has several viable option and it is not too late to rescue his career, especially as it has barely been three months since the start of the new season. Sitting on the bench for a few weeks is still better than suffering from a severe injury during this period, for instance. Therefore, the Barcelona-man should not give up and needs to look for a quick solution.
Malcom’s mistake of turning down AS Roma, which would have guaranteed him playing-time, should be a lesson for other young talents in general, and Brazilian ones specifically, to always opt for the club that helps your development rather than the one that is considered bigger.
Case in point, Richarlison and David Neres joining the likes of Everton and Ajax where they have become stars, instead of becoming bench warmers for powerhouses. Malcom needs to look to El Clasico as a guide to his next move.