Players come, and players go. The club announced today that Andreu Fontas, last seen sitting in the stands next to Jonathan dos Santos, giggling, is going on loan to Mallorca until season’s end. As many of you know, in the case of a serious injury, a club can be granted an exception to the normal transfer window.
Will Fontas return? Good question. Botia didn’t. And nobody speaks of Oriol Romeu any longer. But it seemed that Fontas had the stuff. On the other hand, a club without two healthy defenders to rub together, wouldn’t be sending him away if he had the stuff, right? So who knows.
Fontas officially featured in 16 games for the club, and we wish him well, until we play Mallorca. At that time, we hope he will become a sieve, and allow in as many goals as possible.
In other news
Yes, Xavi is talking crap again, saying in effect that Mourinho’s RM “will not go down in history,” and that their style of football is not what we want, which is true. I just don’t see much point in saying it, but that’s our Xavi. (Quote here.)
“Admiro el Barça i sóc un enamorat del seu joc, i Mourinho no encaixaria en el joc del Barça. Li tinc afecte perquè va ser aquí tres anys, però el seu futbol no és el que nosaltres volem. El seu és més d’especular, i per això penso que no passarà a la història”.
He also said, in a radio interview, that he misses Guardiola (Duh!), and can admit that without taking anything away from Vilanova, who he says is the business. As if results didn’t already make that clear.
—Pinto, according to his agent, would like to continue with the club for another season. Hell, who wouldn’t, when all you essentially have to do is play a few Copa matches, and glad-hand on the bench? (Okay, humor aside.) The club and player are talking, but I do believe it is time for the club to have a backup keeper who will make Victor Valdes look in his rear-view mirror, the qualities of Pinto aside.
—Jonathan dos Santos was last seen in the Camp Nou basement, whispering to building personnel “You didn’t see me!” Brief talks were held with Mallorca concerning the player, but Johnny Two-Time’s agent said that Dos Santos isn’t, like the proverbial cat who came back of childhood song fame, going anywhere. He still thinks that if he works hard, and shows the right qualities, he will earn a first team spot. And I could see this happening. Let’s assume that pterodactyls are real, and they have a fondness for wee midfielders wearing stripes. And some swoop down to carry away Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas and Thiago. Or some fall prey to those living descendants of the giant prehistoric birds, while the others are kidnapped by aliens, who have seen FCB matches on their planet, and would like to make a full-size board game, called Tika Taka.
Then it’s “come on down, Jonathan.” So shame on you, who are scoffing at his hope.