In a move destined to change the outcome of the history of the world, our little VicSan is moving to Xerez on free. He should be unveiled by the club on Monday. The details are that at the end of the year, FCB has the option to recall him from Xerez for free, so it’s more like a glorified loan. I’ve personally never been a huge VicSan fan, but his work rate is certainly commendable and I do think that he has large potential. It’s just that at FCB he is surrounded by talent that has already progressed beyond what he can offer. I think this is a wonderful option for him in that he can get a full season under his belt at a club where he’ll probably be a day-in, day-out starter. That will accelerate his growth and make him a much more valuable commodity for FCB.
What I don’t understand is this is being billed as a transfer rather than as a loan, but the clause that allows us to bring him back for free has to be enacted even if all we do is sell him for a couple tapas and some Estrella in the summer of 2010. Otherwise we’ve lost him for free when we could have gotten something for him now.
Really, it’s too bad he hasn’t panned out enough to stick around, but I agree, essentially, with the idea of getting him more playing time so that he matures (and think about it, at Xerez he’ll learn what not having the ball is like). He played in 14 senior games with us, 8 of which were in La Liga, 3 Copa games, and 3 CL games (1 Liga and 1 Copa match were in the 2007-2008 season); he didn’t score, but he was routinely deployed in defensive positions. Last year I thought he would pan out as a wingback sub, but his lack of pace kept him from securing any sort of spot there. He’s only 21 and will have a good career, if not a particularly remarkable one; I hope that he does very well at Xerez and returns to fight for a spot at Barça, but I highly doubt that we’ll ever see him in blaugrana during a competitive match again.
Happy trails, VicSan!