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Update On The Future Of This Barcelona Playmaker: Good Move For Both Parties?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent tweet, journalist Albert Roge offered an update on the future of Barcelona playmaker Alex Collado. It is understood that the Spanish attacker is on the verge of joining Elche on loan during this summer transfer window.

Collado’s Loan Spell At Granada Last Season

The 23-year-old has come through the youth ranks of Barcelona and has done well to earn two senior appearances for them so far. Collado had a fruitful loan spell at Granada last season when he featured in 17 matches for them, netting two goals and securing one assist in the process across multiple competitions.

The Spanish sensation caught the eye by averaging 1.0 shots, 1.0 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in La Liga. He was even accurate with his ball distribution after completing 81.2% of his attempted passes in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).

Still, Collado is not guaranteed regular playing minutes if he stays at the Nou Camp beyond this summer. Thus, a loan move to Elche could hand the player more first-team football over the next 12 months.


Collado Close To Joining Elche On Loan: Good Move For Both Parties?

Collado can shoot the ball well from long range and has got a knack for creating some decent openings for his teammates in the attacking end of the field. He can make a few intelligent runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty box and is proficient at retaining possession when under pressure in the final third. Collado is primarily an attacking midfielder but is also versatile enough to fill in as a box-to-box midfielder or as a right-sided wide player if his manager asks him to do so.

At the moment, the Spanish talent needs regular playing time if he wants to progress as a footballer. Hence, sealing a loan move to Elche this month makes sense for him as he could enjoy playing regularly in La Liga.

Collado has just got a year left to run in his contract at the Nou Camp. Therefore, it is only logical for Barca boss Xavi to send him out on loan as he is surplus to requirements at Catalonia.

Barcelona can benefit from getting his name off his wage bill. With all things considered, Collado’s loan exit will be a good move for both the player and the Catalan club as they look to move on in search of greener pastures in the future.

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